The "Michipicoten" provided a lee for a distressed sailboat in adverse weather on Aug 26, 2015, 18 miles east of Alpena, Michigan in Lake Huron. The area was under a small-craft advisory with reported on-scene conditions of 20-25 knots and waves 6-7 feet, and the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alpena Sheriff's Department and several good Samaritans were assisting two men aboard the 42-foot sailboat that began taking on water. Shortly after 9 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a call from the sailboat 18 nautical miles east of Alpena in Lake Huron. The men stated they were currently using a hand pump to dewater the vessel.
Sector Sault dispatched a crew from the Coast Guard Station Alpena aboard a 25-foot response boat, a crew from Coast Guard Station St. Ignace, Michigan, aboard a 45-foot response boat and a crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, aboard a Dolphin helicopter. They also issued an urgent marine information broadcast advising mariners in the area of the situation. The "Michipicoten" and a 45-foot pleasure craft responded to the broadcast along with the Alpena Sheriff's Department.
Just after 11 a.m., the Traverse City aircrew arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer and a dewatering pump to the vessel. After arriving aboard, the swimmer was made aware that one of the men had a history of heart problems and was beginning to experience chest pains. Not long after, the man started to lose consciousness. The crew medically evacuated the man to Alpena Regional Medical Center. His condition is currently unknown. The crew aboard the 25-foot response boat arrived just before 11:30 a.m, and began to assist with the dewatering process. Just after noon, the crew aboard the 45-foot response boat arrived on scene, placed the sailboat in tow and are currently en route to Thunder Bay Harbor in Alpena.
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On Aug 26 the "Costa Mediterranea" continued its cruise from Kotor after the floating crane "Teg 25" from Split with the tug ""Vruljica" put the crashed tender biat 6 (CS IBCF) back in place. Work had started on Aug 25 at 5 p.m. The ship was expected back in Trieste as scheduled for next voyage starting on Aug 29. The tender which was cut at the bottom will be repaired.
Arklow Brave located missing crab boat without skipper
On Aug 25, 2015, at 6:05 p.m., the "Arklow Brave" located a crab boat which was drifting almost 20 kilometers SW of the Glénan archipelago in the area where the fishing vessel "Ar Morvran" was missing. In approaching it, the crew of the freighter confirmed the identity of the vessel but did not see anyone aboard. At 2.05 p.m., the CROSS Etel had been contacted by a witness who was concerned about the fishing vessel and its skipper. After contacting the family of the owner of the ship, several shore, the semaphore Beg-Meil and witnesses at sea and on land, the CROSS got the confirmation that the 9-m-ship had sailed from Port-La-Forêt at 9.35 a.m. with one person on board. It attempted to establish radio contact with the fisherman, which was without success.
The CROSS Etel started Mayday Relay broadcast messages to all ships in the region to ask them to perform a proper lookout. The "SNS 297" of the lifeboat station Fouesnant, a Lynx helicopter of the Navy, two fishing vessels from the port of Port-La-Forêt, the "SNS 140" of the lifeboat station Loctudy and a Dragon 29 helicopter of the civil security started an SAR operation.
After the "Arklow Brave" reported its findings, the Dragon 29 helicopter arrived at 6:27 p.m., right in time to attend the sinking of the "Morvan Ar" in rough sea conditions. The helicopter crew immediately attempted to locate the fisherman, but without success. The helicopter left the area soon after. A Cayman 33E helicopter of the Navy resumed the search at 7:14 p.m. At 10:05 p.m., in the absence of new information and after consultation with the Director of the CROSS Etel, the search was suspended.
On Aug 25, at 2.30 p.m. the "Mineral Faith" ran aground at km mark 101 ain the Suez Canal. In the midday hours of Aug 26 the bulkcarrier was still aground, but the ship did not hamper passing traffic any more. The vessel was en route from Narvik to Suez.
On Aug 26, 2015, divers of the company "Hansataucher“ from Hamburg were called to patch a leak in the hull of the "Divine" which was still being detained in the communal port of Rendsburg in the Kiel Canal. They welded a leak in a ballst tank with a size of six centimeters. The four divers also carried out a complete bottom survey during the night hours which took about 10 hours.
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On Aug 24, 2015, at 5.40 pm. the NSRI Durban duty crew was activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for assistance from the "Kishore" reporting to have diverted from their voyage to investigate after witnessing red distress flares. Upon arrival at the source of the red distress flares they found a couple, and their dog, on the yacht "See Brok", without motor or electrical power and with damage to their Main Sails, and requiring assistance. The "Kishore, which was enroute from Hazira to Saldanha, remained on-site pending Sea Rescue’s arrival. The NSRI Durban launched the lifeboat "Eikos Rescuer II", and on arrival on the scene at approximately 10.45 p.m., a tow-line was rigged and the yacht was towed towards Durban’s Port in rough sea conditions with a 15 to 20 knot North Easterly wind and 3 meter swell. Both on board the yacht and their dog were reported to be safe. The "Kishore" was released to continue on her voyage. On Aug 25 at 10.30 a.m. with an estimated arrival time at the Port of Durban at midday, the crew aboard the "See Brok" reported their yacht to be taking water and sinking. The sea rescue craft attempted to get pumps onto the yacht but shortly thereafter the couple and their dog abandoned their yacht and were rescued aboard the sea rescue craft. The couple and their dog, a Schnauzer, were all wearing life-jackets and were not injured. The yacht sunk. The couple and their dog were brought safely into Port and the South African Maritime Safety Authority and police started investigating the incident. The couple, Mr and Mrs Lubbe, originally from Cape Town, stated that their yacht got into difficulty shortly after launching from Zululand Yacht Club, Richards Bay, where they are residents on their yacht, on Aug 23. They drifted without motor or electrical power, under a make-shift sail before setting off red distress flares on Aug 24 around 4 p.m. to attract the attention of the "Kishore" that was passing nearby at the time.
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Sailings on the "Bluenose II" were cancelled on Aug 25 and 26, 2015, because of a steering problem. Maintenance crews were being called in to assess the issue and make repairs. It’s the second time sailings have been cancelled on account of steering issues since the province’s sailing ambassador returned to the water in summer. One sailing was cancelled in late July because of a problem with the ship’s steering pump. The next scheduled sailings were on Aug 27. Anyone booked to sail that day will be notified if that is to change.
A lifeboat and two ambulance boats assisted the "Strandebarm" in the afternoon of Aug 25, 2015, to get docked at Bjarkøy. The ferry which is running between the islands Grytøy, Bjarkøy and Sandsøy in Harstad had suffered an engine failure.
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