A British registered Spanish owned trawler has been towed to harbour in Dún Laoghaire after drifting for days in the Irish Sea because of engine failure.

There are 15 crew members, some are Spanish, but most are Indonesian.

An official from the International Transport Federation, a union which represents maritime workers, called to the ship this morning, but was unable to make contact with the crew.

Magan D was first reported to be in trouble last Wednesday when it was 27 nautical miles off the Welsh coast and experiencing engine trouble because water had mixed with oil and it could not start the engine.

Holyhead Coast Guard was attempting to contact the owner.

By Friday, the owners had organised a tow, but although they had hoped to have the trawler brought to their base in Pasajes in Spain, that was not possible so an Irish tug, Trojan, brought it to Dún Laoghaire.

Because Magan D is British registered it has been detained by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency which means it must be inspected and declared safe before it can leave Dún Laoghaire.