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Fishing ship sinks off “Earth’s Remotest Island”. 62 crew abandon ship

Gough Island is a remote, uninhabited island in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, in the South Atlantic, more than 1,500 miles from Cape Town. PHOTO: Chris Jones

PortandTerminal.com, October 16, 2020

EDINBURGH OF THE SEVEN SEASTRISTAN DA CUNHA – The MFV Geo Searcher, a fishing vessel, sank after hitting a rock about a mile off of Gough Island in the South Atlantic. All 62 people aboard the vessel were forced to abandon ship and are sheltering at a weather station on Gough Island.

Research ship
MFV Geo Searcher off Tristan da Cunha in 2019

Gough Island is a remote, uninhabited island in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago, in the South Atlantic, more than 1,500 miles from Cape Town. It is normally uninhabited with the exception of 6 people who man its weather station.

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Earth’s Remotest Island

Tristan da Cunha is located 1,750 miles (2816 km) away from South Africa, and 1,500 (2,414 km) miles away from the nearest landmass Saint Helena. This officially makes it the remotest group of islands in the world. The island has a population of just 275 people.

MFV Geo Searcher was acquired by Ovenstone in 2016. It was originally built in 1982 for scientific research vessel and was converted in 2016 in Gdansk, Poland, to a factory freezer vessel with cargo and passenger capacity. It made its maiden voyage to Tristan in April 2017 as the island’s main fishing vessel.

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