Six fishermen have been rescued after the f/v "Silver D" collided with the "Good Intent" and sank 11 miles south of Ardglass at the coast of County Down on July 29, 2015. The Coastguard received a mayday call just before 05:30 a.m. from a position 11 miles south of Ardglass. All crew of the "Silver D" boarded a liferaft. They were taken on board the other ship and brought to Ardglass, accompanied by the Newcastle lifeboat. The volunteer lifeboat crew at Newcastle RNLI was called out at 5.30 a.m. The "Eleanor and Bryant Girling" was immediately launched and arrived on scene at 6.30 a.m. Weather conditions were described as good with a north westerly wind force 4-5 with half meter swells and clear visibility.
The "Good Intent" was damaged in the collision. By the time the lifeboat got there, the crew had the leak under control and did not require any assistance with the salvage pumps. After she was in port, the RNLI boat made its way back out to the scene of the incident as the sinking vessel had deployed a life raft that was still floating unmanned. Left unrecovered this raft could have been reported as a marine emergency or caused an obstruction.
Marine Coastguard Agency staff have gone to Ardglass to assess damage to the trawler. The skippers on both boats are from Northern Ireland, while the crew members were all migrant workers.
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On July 29, 2015, at 4.45 a.m. the "Flamingo" got the propeller fouled by a rope and drifted disabled in the Hubertgat about two miles North of the uninhabited island Rottumerplaat. The lifeboat "Alfried Krupp" was alerted and immediately headed to the ship. The daughter boat "Glückauf" towed it to Borkum where the f/v "Friedrich Conradi" took over the tow and pulled the "Flamingo" into its homeport Greetsiel.
On July 29, 2015, at 2 a.m. the "Nordlicht" radioed a Mayday after having suffered water ingress in the engine room which could not be controlled by the two fishermen aboard. The engine failed, and the ship went adrift 1,5 miles west of Borkum island in the Ems fairway. Bremen Rescue Radio alerted the lifeboat "Alfried Krupp" from Borkum which managed to take the ship in tow in winds of 5 Beaufort and wave heights of 1,5 meters. They took the vessel alongside and transferred dewatering pumps aboard with which the water Ingress could be controlled. Then the "Nordlicht" was towed into the port of Borkum.
Coming from Ijmuiden, the "Celebrity Silhouette" skipped its call in Rostock-Warnemünde on July 29, 2015, due to stormy weather and the risks thereby involved in entering the Warnow. Instead the ship headed directly to Stockholm, ETA July 30, 5.30 a.m.
A mechanical fault affecting the "Varagen" could result in disruption to sailing times. The fault has developed in the bow thruster which causes additional challenges when berthing and leaving pier linkspans so there could be delays or cancellations when the weather is poor until the fault was being repaired. This required a replacement part to be manufactured to the standard required for a passenger vessel. Orkney Ferries estimated it would take around 10 weeks for repairs to be completed.
Crew member hoisted after having been hit by boom in Solent
A crew member of the "Eleonora E" has been hit by a boom and was evacuated from the schooner in the Solent in the afternoon of July 28, 2015. The Bembridge RNLI were tasked to launch their all weather lifeboat by Solent Coastguard at just before 2.10 p.m. after the crew of the luxury yacht declared a medical emergency on board. The Coastguard Rescue 104 from Lee-on-Solent has scrambled to the scene while the volunteer crew of the Bembridge Lifeboat worked to transfer the casualty from the yacht.
At 3.30 p.m. the casualty wasairlifted to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham. The victim was conscious and breathing. The Bembridge RNLI’s Alfred Albert Williams ALB has been stood down from the incident.
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A seriously injured man was airlifted from the Discovery" 137 miles off the coast of Cornwall on July 28, 2015. SAR crews from RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, were called out to the ship after a 40 year old crewman was reported to have suffered major injuries in a crushing incident around 6 a.m. The man was transferred to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.
The "La Renaissance" ran aground on the night of July 27, 2015, 12 miles west of Poum in the Nénéma Reef. The MRCC was alerted about the grounding on July 28 at 5 a.m. Three of the six fishermen on board were hoisted by a helicopter of the police in the mid-morning. An evaluation and response team (EEI) arrived on site in the afternoon. The owner contracted the tug "Pélican" with the salvage which arrived at the reef around 5 p.m. The ship was refloated in the second attempt around 6 p.m. with the support of the EEI, which was still on board the fishing vessel. The engine could be restarted, and the ship headed to Koumac, escorted by an RIB of the local SNSM.
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Patrol boat fired warning shots during rescue operation
During the rescue of migrants during in the afternoon of July 27, 2015, the "KBV 001 - Poseidon" had to fire warning shots to protect migrants and their own security during the embarking of 353 migrants. A RIB approached at high speed without identifying themselves in spite of having been called on several times by the "Poseidon" without answering. Given that the situation occurred only about 55 miles northwest of the coast of Libya, the crew of the patrol boat followed their instructions and warned the boat by shooting warning shots. It then then turned around, and an Italian flag at the stern could be screened. Shortly thereafter, the boat could be identified as a boat from the Italian navy. No one was hurt in the incident. On July 28 the "Poseidon" picked up 665 people in various locations in the Mediterranean.