The "Galerna III" managed to escape a pirate attack northwest of the island of Mahe in international waters in the morning of Nov 18, 2017. The captain raised alarm when a suspicious boat approached at full speed. The crew gathered in a security tunnel, following their protocol, while security agents prepared to repel the aggression.
They sent several bursts of warning shots when the boat was about 800 meters away, and when they saw that we were armed, the pirates decided to give up. None of the crew of the "Galerna III" was injured, and the boat continued to operate normally.
The crew of the "Key West Express" saved a family swimming for their lives after their leisure boat caught fire in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico just after 10 a.m. on Nov 20, 2017. Ther ferry was halfway through the trip, when the captain went on the intercom and said they had to stop because of a distressed boat nearby. The family jumped off their boat and into the rough waves as the ferry approached. Flames were shooting out of the boat, and it looked like an engine fire. The family swam towards them while holding on to a crab trap buoys. The crew of the "Key West Express" pulled them on board. As it turned out, the family was from Sarasota and on the way back from a trip to the Keys.
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Detected sounds did not come from missing submarine
Sounds detected by probes in the South Atlantic did not come from an ARA "San Juan" that has been lost for five days now. The "noise" was analysed and experts determined it was likely "biological." The sounds did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine. The noise was heard by the two Argentine research ships about 360 kilometres from the Argentine coast and at a depth of about 200 metres. A US Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft was sent to help in the effort to isolate the source of the sounds.
More than a dozen international vessels and aircraft have joined the search, which has been hindered by stormy weather that has caused waves up to six metres.
In the first confirmation of a malfunction, an Argentine navy official said that the submarine reported a battery failure on Nov 15 and was returning to the base Mar del Plata when it went missing. Brief satellite calls over the weekend had originally been thought to indicate the crew was trying to re-establish contact, prompting emotional celebrations by family members and officials. Officials analysed the seven low-frequency satellite signals and determined they were not received from the submarine.
Although the boat carried enough food, oxygen and fuel for the crew to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, it had only enough oxygen to last seven days submerged.
The Turkish Coast Guard rescued six crew members from the "Nefterodoz 29" after the vessel had issued an emergency call off the Black Sea coast on Nov 21, 2017. An AB-412 helicopter crew plucked them off the ship which was adrift amidst strong winds one mile off the coast of the Bartın province and took them to the Bartın port. The vessel was carrying iron and was bound from Rostov-on-Don to Bartın.
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On Nov 20, 2017, at 7.30 a.m. a witness crossing the railway bridge from Pfalzel to Trier-North remarked a broad oil contamination on the northern side of the Mosel river. The fire rescue was alerted to the bridge, and also the fire boat "St. Barbara" was dispatched to Trier-Pfalzel. Short time later the source of the contamination was located - it came from the "Emma", 784 ts (EU-No.: 08043007), which had been damaged during loading operations in Thionville the prevoius day, when a transformer crashed down onto the ship and caused a leak which had to be repaired at the Hans Boost Yard in Trier. During the works the oil-water-mixture had leaked out. The fire rescue laid out oil booms and pulled the barge ashore jointly with the yard workers. During this operation the ship traffic was hampered on the Mosel. After five hours the fire rescue could be stood down. Also the police Trier was on scene for investigations.
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The US Coast Guard medevaced an ailing man from the "Norwegian Dawn" about 55 miles off the North Carolina coast on Nov 20, 2017. Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received a call from the vessel at 6:15 a.m., requesting a medevac for a 56-year-old male passenger experiencing stroke-like symptoms.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and arrived at the cruise ship about 55 miles east of Oregon Inlet.The crew hoisted the patient, along with his fiance and a nurse, and brought them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk. It was the station's second medevac from the cruise ship in the past two weeks.
Cormorant lifts ship of former Benidorm-star off Lowestoft
On Nov 20 the "Cormorant" managed to raise the former British restaurant ship and tug "Ella" ex "Zeeland" ex "Marg. Gerling", 136 gt (IMO-No.: 5428087), which had sunk on July 6 about 3,5 miles SE of Lowestoft in pos. 52° 23. 64’N, 001° 48.96’E - approx. 2.1’ SE from the East Barnard Light Buoy, while being under tow by the "Kingston Lacey" from Hartlepool to Rochester. A Dutch consortium consisting of the DUC Marine Group and Multraship Towage and Salvage was contracted to remove the wreck which posed a navigational hazard. Work started on Nov 3, but due to inclement weather the salvors had to return to port on Nov 13. During a hydrographical survey on Nov 18 it was found out that the ship had sunk deeper into the sand, and the salvage method had to be changed. A salvage grab was ordered from the Netherlands which managed to pull the wreckage from the bottom.
The "Ella" had served as a restaurant since 2010 in the Hartlepool Marina and was to be pulled to Kent to be rebuilt as a floating office or accomodation.
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Search vessels picked up signal which may come from missing submarine
The search vessels on Nov 20 have picked up what may be a distress signal from the missing submarine ARA "San Juan". The two ships identified a sonar signature that could be the sound of tools banging on the submarine's hull. While it was "intermittent and weak," the signature allowed the Argentine Navy to narrow the search area to a 35-square mile region located about 300 nm off the coast of Patagonia. As many as 20 vessels from the UK, Chile and Argentina were braving 20-foot waves to look for the missing submarine which had only had about seven days' worth of oxygen on board, and even if it were still functional and traveling below the surface, it would not be able to come up for air because the sea state was too rough. The last radio contact with the "San Juan" pointed to a "failure" or "short circuit" in the vessel's battery system. At the time of contact, the problem was not considered an emergency, and all crewmembers were reported safe. Shoreside commanders instructed the "San Juan" to head for its home base at Mar del Plata for repairs; however, the vessel lost contact the same day and has not been heard from since. A series of seven satellite communication attempts that the Argentine Navy reported on Nov 18 turned out to be a false alarm. Officials now believed that the calls originated from a ship that was broadcasting on the frequency normally used by the "San Juan".
The U.S. Navy has dispatched two complete sets of submarine rescue equipment to the scene in case the vessel is found. Its San Diego-based Undersea Rescue Command dispatched two independent rescue systems that are suitable for the variable ocean depths found near South America's southeastern coast. Four cargo planes full of gear for the first system arrived in Argentina on Nov 19. The first system, the Submarine Rescue Chamber, is a McCann rescue chamber designed during World War II and still used today. It can rescue up to six persons at a time and reach a bottomed submarine at depths of 850 feet.
The second rescue system, the Pressurized Rescue Module, will be transported by additional flights and is scheduled to arrive in Argentina early next week. It can submerge up to 2,000 feet for docking and mating, with a submarine settled on the ocean floor up to 45-degree angle in both pitch and roll. It can rescue up to 16 personnel at a time.
Both systems are operated by two crewmembers and mate with the submarine by sealing over the submarine's hatch, allowing sailors to safely transfer to the rescue chamber.