Updated: Newfoundland-Based Vessel Taking on Water Near Iqaluit

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) in Halifax is reporting that a 220-foot Newfoundland-based fishing vessel is taking on water in the Davis Strait.

The vessel, which has not officially been named yet by the JRCC, is reported to be from St. Anthony and has a crew of 30 onboard. However, CBC has reported that the vessel is the Saputi and is currently en route to Nuuk, Greenland, after tearing a hole in its hull.

It started taking on water Sunday after running into ice about 270 miles northeast of Iqaluit.

The JRCC said it dispatched a Hercules aircraft that dropped four pumps to help pump water out of the vessel and is now working closely with Greenland authorities to have a Danish warship dispatched to provide further assistance to the crew.

The vessel is reported to be still moving under its own power.

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