Í vetur kom upp kórónuveirusmit á hjúkrunarheimilinu Sólvöllum á Eyrarbakka og létust þrír aldraðir einstaklingar. Samtals hafa 29 manns dáð af sjúkdómnum á Íslandi. Erfiðlega hefur gengið að fá bóluefni og eru aðeins um 33.289 búnir að fá bólusetningu.
That accident happened to a small fishing boat named Inga from Stokkseyri. The boat was on its way to land and was about to leave when a breakwater hit it and broke the wheelhouse. Two men washed up in the sea and drowned. On another fishing trip shortly afterwards, a man fell overboard. When the crew tried to save him, the fishing boat capsized and sank. The one who fell overboard drowned but the other men managed to save. - This happened in the winter of 1938
People noticed that a fishing boat from Stokkseyri was flying an emergency flag outside the village just east of Eyrarbakki. Two boats set off to help the fishing boat called Svanur. it was the fishing boats Friður and Baldur. They managed to get a nerve in between and pull the engine-less fishing boat. it was a sharp wind and a great surf. Then the other tow rope came loose so Friður dragged Svanur into the breakwater. When they were halfway there, the tow rope broke. Then Svanur drifted away from the wind and was in a dangerous breakwater. Baldur managed to put a new nerve between the boats at the last chance and pull Svanur to the harbor.
In 19 August 1898, a ferry boat capsized outside Eyrarbakki harbor with 7 people on board. The boat was ferrying people on board the steamship 'Reykjavík', but were on their way ashore when the accident happened. The waves were bad and the boat capsized in one breakwater. Several ships were in the harbor and tried to come to the rescue and sent their rowboats to the scene. One of the ferry boats was from the steamboat Oddur and another from the steamship Thor but the surf was too much and they turned back. The third boat that attempted rescue was a salt ferry from the store Lefolii and they managed to save all 7 men from the sea. It was Jón Einarsson and his men who worked on this rescue feat.
The fishing boat Halikon sank near land at Siglufjörður on 13 August 1929. The boat from Eyrarbakki had collided with sea ice in Húnaflói and was damaged. The crew did not complain. The boat was bought to Eyrarbakki in 1918, and the owners were Vilbergur Jóhannsson, Helgafell and Jóhann V Daníelsson.
On May 15, 1929, the motorboat "Olga" from Eyrarbakki ran aground at Þorlákshöfn. The crew, 2 in number, escaped unharmed, but the boat was destroyed. This boat was bought from the Westman Islands in 1919. It was Páll Guðmundsson, Sandvík, Torfi Sigurðsson, Einarshöfn, and Ingvar Guðmundsson in Grimsstaðir who owned the boat.
In January 1920, an unmanned ship drifted in front of the breakwater at Eyrarbakki and broke into pieces. It was the bark ship "EOS" from Hafnafjörður and the crew had left the ship shortly before.
The ship left Hafnarfjörður on January 19 and was intended to sail to Sweden. The motor ship "Venus" pulled it out of port and released it about two hours later. The bark ship then safely reached Reykjanes. But on the eve of January 21st at 2 o'clock there was so much stormy weather that nothing could be done. They then lost control of the ship and It seemed at that time that the ship was in great danger. Then the sails began to tear, one by one, and the poles broke. It turned out that a considerable amount of seawater had entered it, so the sailors tried to pump, but the pumps were out of order, and the most reliable wind pump had broken in the weather, so it was not possible to repair it. There were more breakdowns in the search, and as no action was being taken to repair all that had broken down in the open sea, the ship set sail when it was taken control of the ship and headed east, because the Westman Islands were now the only harbor that was able to reach.
In a publication in the middle of the morning, they saw the Westman Islands in action and the weather began to slow down. They set up all the sails they could and steered to the island, but in the afternoon it was balmy and they were close to N.V. of the Westman Islands. But soon it began to hiss from the southeast and was then blown away. Towards evening they tried to draw attention to themselves with emergency signals (torches), but no one noticed. At 8 a southeasterly wind came and they sailed away ‚[on a lens west with land], but soon the weather hardened so much that the sails that were left went into rags and this weather was followed by tide, thunder and lightning. One lightning strike hit the ship near the captain and two others, but none of them were seriously injured, and can be called remarkable.
Suddenly it fell into a calm for a while, but then began to hiss from the southwest. The ship was then held up to the wind. At 3 During the night a storm came from the south, and drove the ship ashore, and were then given emergency signals in the latter part of the night. At At 6 o'clock in the morning, the English bottom trawler Mary A. Johnson (Captain Nielsen) came to their aid and followed them until it was light. He did not trust himself to tow the ship to port, but offered to go to the Westman Islands and try to reach a rescue squad, but because the ship was so close to land, he saw that there was no time for it and he wanted the crew leaving "Eos". Then there was no other plan and he put out a lifeboat for them, (because the lifeboat "Eos" had been damaged), and all the crew of "Eos" got into it. It was not easy, however, because the sea was great, but the English poured oil into the sea and made every effort to help as best they could. Some of the crew managed to take some of their clothes with them, while others lost everything they had with them. This will have been around noon on Thursday and code to the damaged ship was then waiting to be inspected if anything could be done to save it, but at about 4, the ship had reached the breakwater, and the crew was then taken to Reykjavík. The captain of "Eos" was Davíð Gíslason. "Eos" was 456 tons in size (net). The owners of h.f. Eos were Jóhannes Reykdal, Guðm. Kr. Guðmundsson, Lárus Fjeldsted and Ásmundur in Hábær.
Four men working on deck were seriously injured when they received a broken wire.
Brynjólfur Guðjónsson was one of those who died. He was born at Litla-Háeyri in Eyrarbakki on 19 November 1915 and the brother of Sigurður Guðjónsson, who was for a long time captain of the trawler 'Skallagrim'. Brynjólfur was a grain boy when he was hired on a trawler. He first went to Þórólf, to his uncle Kolbeinn, but when his brother Sigurður became captain of Skallagrim in 1936, he was hired there and has been there ever since. Brynjólfur owned a share in a small boat on Eyrarbakki, Hafsteinn ÁR-201 which was rowed in his spare time. Brynjólfur, married in 1945 Fanneyja Hannesdóttir and they had one child. The trawler Skallagrim, went on one of his traditional fishing trips in the summer of 1946. On this trip they stopped in Patreksfjörður because a man had been poisoned with blood poisoning, but the ship continued and started pulling out of Önundarfjörður. On Saturday morning, July 6, the trawler Skallagrim was fishing off Barði. At around half past ten, the trawl suddenly got stuck in the bottom and the wires tore up the side pole on the starboard side. Four high seats, which were on deck at work, were exposed to the wires and were badly damaged, but Brynjólfur was one of them. Attempts were made to nurse them as much as possible on board. As soon as the puddle had come loose, the wires were cut and we headed for a full trip to Flateyri and arrived there just before noon. About the time the ship was coming into port, Brynjólfur Guðjónsson died, but he had never regained consciousness since he was injured, but one of the injured men also died shortly afterwards
On Saturday, March 17, 1928, the Faroese schooner "Katrine" from Þórshöfn was fishing outside Þorlákshöfn town, a few miles from Eyrarbakki. It was still weather this time. All the crew was up except the captain, who was working on the load. The crew saw a trawler was sailing towards them.The Faroese thought he would like to talk to them. They called the captain and he came up. The hull of the ship caught the trawler, but two minutes after the collision, "Katarine" sank. The trawler, which was from Grimsby "and was called" Soranus "and was on its way home and offer to transport the Faroese to Þórshavn, but the Faroese captain preferred that he and his crew be moved to Reykjavík. At the time of the collision , there was only one man on the rudder of the English trawler, and that was the boatman.
"Katarine" was about 90th smallest engine ship; the captain owned it himself. Twenty-one people were on board. The crew claimed that if anyone had been under the bulkheads, they would have perished.