On Feb 6, 2016, at 6.30 p.m. a joint SAR operation including the lifeboats "Bremen" and "Hans Hackmack", the "Neustrelitz" and "Fehmarn" of the water police and the fv's Falkland", „"Bleibtreu", "Odin", "Glaube" and „Sirius“ as well as the Danish lifeboat "L.W. Dam" of the DSRS-station Gedser, a patrol boat and two SAR helicopters from Denmark and Germany was launched to search for the crew of the f/v "Condor - SB 14", 35 gt. The vessel was reported overdue by colleagues in Burgstaaken 3,5 miles East of Fehmarn. Some wreckage including fish boxes and ropes was spotted drifting in the water around 8 p.m. by the crew of the "Fehmarn". The SAR-helicopter of the formerly Kiel-based MFG 5 which now had to make the even longer way from Nordholz spotted a body 7,5 kilometers NE of the SE tip of Fehmarn at Staberhuk 15 minutes later. He was recovered by the "Bremen“ at 8.30p.m. and identified as the 45 year old deckhand. At 8.50 p.m. more wreckage was spotted by the helicopter, and the "Hans Hackmack" headed to the Position. Minutes later her crew found the body of the 52-year old skipper of the "Condor". Both bodies were taken to Burgstaaken aboard the lifeboats and transported further to an autopsy. On Feb 7 the multi purpose ship "Scharhörn" started searching for the wreck of the "Condor", supported by the "Fehmarn". The last sighting of the ship which had sailed from its homeport on Feb 6 had been around midday by colleagues from Burgstaaken.
German report with photo:
On Feb 6, 2016, the "Schokland", carrying a cargo of wind turbine parts from Emden to Londonderry, lost power at the west side of the island of Hoy. The situation was discussed by the MCA in Shetland, the ship’s owners and agents, and OIC Marine Services, and it was decided that the OIC marine services tug "Einar" (IMO: 8820327) would take the ship in tow, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency emergency tug "Herakles" and the Longhope lifeboat on hand to provide additional assistance if required. The Longhope lifeboat launched just before 5 p.m. and proceeded to the vessel. The "Herakles" and the Longhope lifeboat stood by while a line was put aboard the "Schokland". The "Herakles" then accompanied the Schokland and the "Einar" until they had passed through and were clear of the Pentland Firth. Originally, it was planned to tow the Schokland to Aberdeen, but Aberdeen harbour was closed to shipping because of wind and sea conditions. In the morning of Feb 8 the convoy was heading for Kirkwall with 5 knots speed. The Longhope lifeboat has returned to her station in Longhope Hoy and the Coastguard tug "Herakles" returned to her berth at Hatston pier Kirkwall on the Orkney mainland.