Local media report that the Irish Government have opted not to pursue an incident where a Royal Navy ship instructed an Irish fishing vessel to leave grounds where it was working some 60 miles off the Donegal coast.
It is understood that The 32-metre fishing vessel Marlíona, registered in Greencastle, Co Donegal, was hailed by Type 23 Frigate HMS Lancaster on July 21st and asked to leave the area.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it was investigating the incident, which had been referred to the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) by the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO).
However, the department has subsequently said the location was “not within Ireland’s territorial sea and did not, therefore, infringe our sovereignty”, say Afloat.ie.
“In general, it is not unusual for naval ships to ask other vessels in the vicinity to move away from an exercise location for safety reasons,” the department said.
A Royal Navy spokesperson said:
“Courteous and professional exchanges between the fishing vessel and frigate operating within the designated exercise area enabled this lawful exercise to continue and conclude safely. The safety of all mariners is taken extremely seriously by the Royal Navy. At no time was there a risk to safety to either the fishing vessel or submarine.”