August 18, 2013 In Morning 8:00AM
The fire was difficult to control and it took the fire service several hours when a fire broker the ship called Estancia when he staying anchorage,Port of Berbera, The ship still on fire where only saved in a ship staff.
The "Isamar" sank in the late afternoon of Aug 17, 2013, after having hit a reef at the Olmeto Point, Roccapina . The impact damaged the hull and caused water ingress. The eleven people on board were rescued by good samaritans and an SNSM lifeboat. The Navy has dispatched the tug "Abeille Flanders" frim Ajacci.
French report with photo:
Search for survivors resumed - 34 dead - ferry in water depth of 30 meters
Philippine rescuers resumed the search for the many missing passengers of the "St. Thomas of Qquinas" in the morning of Aug 18. They hoped that there might be air pockets in the ship's compartments, and there might be survivors. It was considered possible to survive for three days under such conditions. So far 34 bodies were recovered, but the death toll was expected to rise significantly. The number of missing was previously reported to be over 200, but the authorities have now reduced it to 85 after new information on the number of people on board was obtained. The water depth at the sinking site is approximately 30 meters.
Luxury motor yacht Isamar issued distress signal in the afternoon Aug 17 13 off Ajaccio, Corsica. Yacht contact MRCC Med Farnce and report water ingress. 11 people on board were rescued by good Samaritans and by a lifeboat from Ajaccio. Not clear yet if yacht sank or still afloat, salvage under way. Yacht Isamar, MMSI 235061231, built 1995, length 20,4 meters, speed 25 knots, flag UK. Capacity 8 passengers in 4 cabins. Crew 3. Rent per day 3400 euro.
Excavator digging way for Blue Sirius off the rocks
On Aug 17 the dredger barge "Fort Ehituse" pulled by the tug "Kake" left the port of Tallinn bound for the grounding site of the "Blue Sirius" off Aegna. The dredger was to be used to deepen the water. The excavator on the deck of the jack-up-barge started its work the same evening. Later the "Blue Sirius" needs to be patched up and dewatered before it may be floated off.
Estonian reports with photos:
Search for missing passengers to be continued on Aug 18
Worsening weather and sea conditions on Aug 17 forced the Philippine Coastguard to suspend a search for survivors of the sinking of the "St. Thomas of Aquinas" which killed at least 32 people and left 170 missing, after heavy rain brought by a typhoon and low pressure had reduced visibility at sea almost to zero. Divers were to resume searching early on Aug 18. 661 of the 831 passengers and crew on the ferry had been accounted for. With 32 dead and 629 rescued, there were 170 missing. Just 17 of the dead have yet been identified. Many of the survivors were sick from swallowing oil and seawater.