The "John F. Kennedy" caught fire at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George on Dec 16, 2017, shortly after 9 a.m. at the Ferry Terminal in St. George. The fire started at the machine room of theferry and was controlled within half an hour by the FDNY. The ship was on the dry dock for repairs. One civilian suffered a minor injury. The patient was transported to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton.
Coast Guard Karnataka personnel coordinated the rescue operation of eight crew members of the cargo vessel "Sumithra" that sank off Androth island in Lakshadweep on Dec 15, 2017. It had set on sail from Beypore Port in the Kozhikode district with construction material and vegetables and was drifting since Dec 13 off Androth island before sinking in stormy seas. The crew was rescued by the "Gaschem Nordsee", which was transiting the area. The
Indian Coast Guard ship "Savithribai Phule", based in Mangaluru, rushed to the rescue, but by the time it reached the spot, the "Sumithra" had already sunk. It picked up the crew members from the tanker, provided them first aid, food, water and medicine, before handing them over to the Lakshadweep administration at Androth Port on Dec 16.
A North Fork marina employee was lucky to be alive after falling off a boat in the morning of Dec 15, 2017, into the frigid waters of Shelter Island Sound but was saved by the quick actions of the crew of the "Semantic", operating between Shelter Island and Greenport. The crew of the "Menantic" was leaving Greenport when they noticed a boat, about a quarter of mile away, making four or five tight circles.
David Javier, 27, of Cutchogue, was recovering from hypothermia and doing well. After plucking Javier from the water, the crew of the ferry transported him to Greenport, wherean ambulance took the boater to nearby Eastern Long Island Hospital.