Long range rescue mission of Hvide Sande lifeboat to assist disabled yacht
On Oct 14, 2016, at 2.30 a.m. the lifeboat Station Hvide Sande was alerted after the "Galactic Viking" had issued a distress call 63 miles west of the port. En route from Son in the Oslo-Fjord to Las Palmas with a crew of ten the main sail had torn in winds of 15-18 m/s and six meters wave height, and a rope had fouled the propeller. The yacht was drifting with a speed of 4-5 knots in SW direction. A cargo ship relayed the Mayday call, and the "Emile Robin" left port towards the yacht. It was the longest trip the boat had ever undertaken, and it took hours to get the yacht in tow. The lifeboat "Veskyst" which was berthed in Hirsthals was alerted too to evacuate the crew in case needed. 42 hours after the initial call the convoy reached the port on OCt 15 at 9 p,m. The crew of the yacht ordered a new sail in Thyborøn, and a diver was called to clear the propeller.
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The "Royal Iris" was taken off the river on Oct 13, 2016, after suffering mechanical problems with her engine.
It was hoped the vessel would be back in service later this week. But after further inspections, engineers now estimated four weeks of repair work were needed at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead.
Four boaters rescued after collision with gillnetter
On Oct 21, 2016, at 3.45 p.m. the "Sainte Philippe BL.925658", 29 gt, was in collision with a pleasure boat about 1,3 kilometers North of the port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue. The skipper of the fishing vessel had been dazzled by the sun.
In the clash, one of the four occupants, a 15 year old girl, was thrown overboard, but pulled out of the water by the fishermen. The girl was unconscious. Also her 10 year old brother and the 66 and 62 year old grandparents were taken aboard the gillnetter. The four boaters were wearing a life vest, which probably saved the life of the girl. Given the short distance, the CROSS Jobourg asked the fishing vessel to rally to the port of Saint-Vaast immediately. A firefighter and volunteers of the SNSM took charge of the castaways, pending the arrival of the SMUR Valognes. The girl regained consciousness but was taken to the Pasteur Hospital in Cherbourg and as well as the other child and the grandfather. Only the grandmother was unharmed. The pleasure boat had sunk within a few minutes north of the port. An notice to mariners was issued by the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel. An investigation was opened to determine the circumstances of the collision.
Hurtigruten calls at Lofoten were omitted in the evening of Oct 21, 2016, because the "Finnmarken" had encountered technical trouble when she docked in Bodø at 6 p.m. The scheduled calls at Svolvaer and Stamsund were cancelled, while the ship remained berthed for temporary repairs which will not be completed before the night. The "Finnmarken" will then sail straight to Bergen, where she will enter a yard for permanent repairs, returning to the North route on Oct 24 at the earliest. Otherwise she will head to Trondheim as first port of the northern leg. The 245 passengers booked on the "Finnmarken" were to embark on the "Polarlys" in Tromsø in the night and start the southward route on Oct 22.
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The fire aboard the "Silver Sky" has not yet been extinguished completely on Oct 21. The fire rescue was, however, able to explore the hold of the ship. A lot of cars went up in flames. All cars on decks 7, 8 and 9 were lost, the further damage was thought to be significant. 17 fire engines from the Fire Rescue Antwerp were on scene in the Sixth Harbour Dock at berth 340 after the fire broke out the previous night around midnight. The CO2 injection was successful. A very low oxygen concentration was measured. The fire was under control although there were still some smoldering hotspots. The fire rescue will remain present also on Oct 22 and continue to provide cooling. Water was sprayed both by tugs and also from the shore side so that the ship suffered a slight list to starboard meanwhile.
Migrant boat attacked by speedboat carrying emblems of Libyan Coastguard
On Oct 21, 2016, an inflatable craft carrying approximately 150 migrants has been approached and boarded by a speedboat carrying the emblems of the Libyan Coastguard, who proceeded to attack the vessel’s passengers with sticks. The "Sea Watch" recovered four corpses, with a further four migrants unconscious and receiving medical treatment.
Two of their speed boats were providing life vests and first aid to around 150 migrants the a rubber vessel located about 14 nautical miles off the Libyan coast when they were approached by a further speedboat marked with the insignia of the Libyan coast guard. Coastguard crew members then boarded the migrants’ vessel and began to attack its passengers with sticks. Sea Watch then reported a panic ensuing which led to one of the craft’s inflatable tubes to collapse and the bulk of the passengers to fall into the water.
The rescue operations were ongoing, with 120 migrants currently said to be onboard the "Sea Watch 2".
The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) in Central Visayas has cancelled the cargo safety certificate of the "Manila Bay 1" which had caught fire while docked in Cebu. Marina also ordered the captain of the "Manila Bay 1" to submit within 24 hours a marine protest containing details of the incident.
Coast Guard’s Cebu District had received the fire alarm at about 2:30 p.m. on Oct 20 and put the fire under control about an hour later. The ship was scheduled to sail to Manila in the night of Oct 19 but postponed its voyage because of the typhoon Lawin and was supposed to leave 4 p.m. on Oct 21. Marina will issue a certificate of seaworthiness once an inspection reveals that the ship is safe to travel again.