F/V TEMPEST, perhaps the 41-foot TEMPEST belonging to Lundli Fisheries, LLC, in Shoreline, WA, burned to the waterline the night of August 3. Apparently, the engine room had caught fire near Knight Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska. An as yet unnamed Good Samaritan vessel took on the four TEMPEST crewmembers. When the Coast Guard flew over the area the next day, they found no boat and no fuel sheen.
According to one report, F/V TEMPEST burned to the waterline the night of August 3. Apparently, the engine room caught fire near in Prince William Sound, Alaska. An as yet unnamed Good Samaritan vessel took on the four crewmembers. When the Coast Guard flew over the area the next day, they found no boat and no fuel sheen.
50-foot F/V EVENING STAR sunk on August 2nd in about 300 feet of water at Slocum Arm, which is about forty miles northwest of Sitka, with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. A significant oil sheen of about three-quarters of a mile in length was visible, which prompted an emergency purse seine fishery closure in the area so as to avoid any risk of harvesting in contaminated waters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigation into one of two deadly March boating accidents in Tavares determined that inexperience and the boater's speed was what caused one boater to die, according to a newly released report.
Mark Van Winkle, 53, of Stuart died after being ejected from his boat and was struck by a passing vessel on March 17 during an exhibition on Lake Dora. The event was part of the Classic Raceboat Association's annual Spring Thunder Regatta. Van Winkle's boat hit the water and he was thrown from the vessel, the report said. He was struck seconds later and died instantly
On June 23, around 8:30 a.m., a crewmember aboard 732-foot Singapore-flagged container ship MAERSK BINTAN sent out a call that a crewmate was missing and thought to have gone overboard. According to reports, MAERSK BINTAN was about 750 miles southeast of Bermuda at the time.
The Coast Guard used their Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System (SAROPS). This system receives real-time environmental information from an Environmental Data Server, as well as manually-entered wind and current information to track survivors and vessels through projected drift direction and speed. The Coast Guard also sent out an AMVER call for nearby vessels to assist in the search.
Shortly before noon on June 17, the crew of F/V SCANDIA alerted the Coast Guard that SCANDIA was taking on water and that they were unable to control the flooding. The crew put on their survival suits and abandoned ship for their skiff.
Within two hours, a Coast Guard helicopter safely hoisted the crew of five to Air Station Kodiak. None of the crew reported any injuries. Another example of a crew prepared for an emergency and who acted promptly.