July 2012 Archives

July 20, 2012

Tugboat Capsize

LAKEPORT, Mich. -  According to authorites a 110-foot dredging barge sank in Lake Huron early Thursday, July 19, and a tugboat that was pushing the barge capsized, spilling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel. No injuries were reported.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the accident occurred at about 4:35 a.m when the Arthur J, a commercial barge, began to sink near the southern end of the lake. It is unknown at this time what caused the vessel to sink.

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July 20, 2012

River Cruise Ship Catches Fire

The Regina Rheni out of Amsterdam saw an emergency evacuation last week as the ship caught fire while on the Rhine River in Germany. The ship filled with smoke around 3:00am and fire engines and crews floated out to aid the evacuation of the ship, which was close to Dusseldorf. The 100 passengers and 32 crewmembers aboard the ship were transported to an emergency center in Dusseldorf.

The cause of the fire, which blazed on until 6:30am apparently began in the ship's kitchen. A passenger said that the evacuation and notification of emergency was a "brilliant" and organized procedure, despite a little crying and confusion. Another commentator said that if the crew had not acted as efficiently as they did, there would have likely been fatalities from the cruise ship accident. The Regina Rheni is not the only ship to catch fire recently--about a month ago another Rhine cruise on the MS Gerard Schmitter underwent a fire that called for the evacuation of 154 passengers.

July 16, 2012

Two Dead, Three Injured

An explosion on board the German ship MSC Flamina has killed two crewmembers and left three others seriously injured. The boat was adrift in the mid-Atlantic, approximately half way on its journey from Charleston, South Carolina to Antwerp, Belgium.

The explosion, at about 10 a.m., appears to have originated in the ship's hold. Apparently, crew members were battling a fire in the cargo hatch but lost control; the flames caused the explosion. The cause of the initial fire is still under investigation. All 25 crewmembers were forced to abandon ship; 24 were picked up by a large crude carrier that was travelling in the vicinity, while one was missing and presumed dead.

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July 14, 2012

Barge Worker Dies in Rescue Attempt

St. Louis, Mo. -- A barge worker was killed Tuesday night on June 12, while attempting to rescue a family whose small bass boat got hung up on a group of barges stranding them in a marooned fishing boat on the Mississippi River near downtown St. Louis.

The barge worker fell into the river after handing off one of the young children to safety. Coast Guard spokesman, Lt. Colin Fogarty, called Hardman's rescue attempt heroic.

"This truly is an example of Good Samaritans and epitomizes the Riverman's Code: You see someone in distress, you try to assist," Fogarty said.

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July 12, 2012

Ammonia Leak - Dutch Harbor

July 6, the Coast Guard received a report from Dutch Harbor that there was an ammonia leak on board Seattle-based 353-foot pollock processor F/V EXCELLENCE. According to reports, EXCELLENCE had 20,500 pounds total of ammonia on board; this leak is believed to be from a 5,000 pound tank. It's not known how much ammonia has escaped. At the time of that report, while EXCELLENCE was still moored at a cold storage dock, the Unalaska Fire Department marked out a 500-foot safety zone and tried to reduce the escaping ammonia vapors by spraying EXCELLENCE with water.

All 129 crewmembers were evacuated, three of whom required medical attention for ammonia inhalation. Two were transferred to Anchorage for further care.

July 9, 2012

Crewmember Medevaced near Juneau

July 6, the Coast Guard received a medevac request from 50-foot F/V SEA BREAKER, about 24 miles east of Sitka. A crewman, aged 50, had collapsed, hit his head, and was having difficulty breathing.

The SEA BREAKER crew reached the Hidden Falls Hatchery in Angoon, approximately 100 miles south of Juneau, and then transported their crewmate by truck to a clear area on land so that the Coast Guard helicopter could airlift him to Air Station Sitka. He was transferred by land for emergency medical care. The man is said to be in stable condition.

July 7, 2012

F/V Sinks; Three Rescued, One Missing

On Tuesday, July 3, at 5:00 a.m., the Coast Guard received a signal from the EPIRB of F/V SOUND LEADER. At that time, her position was not indicated, and the crew of SOUND LEADER did not answer Coast Guard radio calls. An hour or so later, the EPRIB began sending signals that she was about 2-1/2 miles west of Newport, Oregon.

The Coast Guard launched a motor lifeboat and a helicopter to the scene, where they noted a debris field and three people in the water. Two survivors were lifted by air and one was taken aboard the motor lifeboat; all three were taken ashore to paramedics and then to Samaritan Pacific Hospital. The Coast Guard continued to search for the missing crewmate until late afternoon that day.

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July 6, 2012

Man Overboard Off Juneau

Richard B. Boyce, 63, of Haines, AK, fell overboard early the morning of July 4, apparently while attempting to clear the propeller of his boat, 39-foot F/V ELEANOR S, of some fishing gear. ELEANOR S was located near Mab Island, about 25 miles north of Juneau at the time.

At around 5:00 a.m., the Coast Guard received a call that Mr. Boyce had gone overboard; he was reported to have been wearing rain gear, but no flotation device. The Coast Guard deployed boat and helicopter crews for a search of the area. The search covered over 60 square miles, with help from Good Samaritans, before being called off the next morning.

July 1, 2012

Worker Dies in Fall

A crew member has been killed in a fall incident on a ship that was docked in the Houston Ship Channel.  According to the United States Coast Guard, the worker fell into a cargo bay on the Thorco Atlantic cargo ship.  At the time of the incident, the vessel had been docked at Texas Terminal Number 37.

The injured man was taken to the Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center, but died from his injuries.