The "Sealand Comet" suffered engine failure in the morning of Aug 23, 2015, while struggling with a typhoon in the East China Sea in Zhejiang waters east of Ningbo. A tug of the East China Sea Rescue Service was dispatched to assist. In the afternoon of Aug 25 the crew managed to restore power, and the vessel proceeded under own power to Zhoushan roads and was anchored there.
In the afternoon of Aug 24, 2015, the "Zhe Ding 49067" dragged an anchor on Dinghai anchorage, Zhejiang, east of Ningbo during a typhoon and drifted aground. The crew of five was rescued, the vessel was damaged and taking on water.
Battle for life of two fishermen after inhaling toxic gases
Medicals were battling to save the lives of two fishermen after they inhaled toxic gases on the "Oilean an Oir" on Aug 24, 2015, at 1.30 p.m. in Killybegs. The fishermen have been transferred to the intensive care unit at Letterkenny General Hospital where they were both put into an induced coma. Their condition last night was critical but stable.
They were overcome by fumes when cleaning out a hold where the fish are held. It was empty and they found stagnant water in the pipework. It had been lying there for a while and it is believed the two men inhaled ammonia and hydrogen sulphide gas from organic matter that had been rotting.
One guy was out first, and then the other guy went to help him but also ended up passing out. One of the victims was a 27-year-old from Galway, while the other aged 46 was from the Philippines. The scene was preserved by gardai and officials from the Health and Safety Authority arrived at the scene in the night.
Sailings from Funen cancelled due to mechanical trouble
A mechanical problem on the "Fynshav" meant a cancellation of the sailing on Aug 24, 2015, from Funen. A spare part had to be transported from Frederikshavn to Bøjden first.
This meant that in strong winds the "Frigg Sydfyen" which was also sailing on the route until the end of August could not back out from the basin in Bøjden as the risk of running into "Fynshav" was too great. Therefore, for about four hours there were no sailings on the route until 2 p.m.
The problems apparently have not been resolved yet, further sailings had to be cancelled later in the day.
(Oil And Chemical Tanker > Crude Oil Tanker)
On Aug 15, 2015, at 11.35 a.m. the NSRI Mykonos duty crew was activated by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) following a request for medical assistance from the "Samurai" reporting a 39 year old Indian crew member onboard suffering a suspected heart attack. The vessel was 25 nautical miles off-shore of Saldanha and heading towards Saldanha.
The lifeboat "Spirit of Freemasonry" was launched, accompanied by an SA Paramedic Services paramedic and rendezvoused with the tanker nine nautical miles off-shore.
On arrival on-scene the patient was found to be stable. He was transferred onto the lifeboat and brought to the sea rescue base at Mykonos from where he has been transported to hospital by an SA Paramedic Services ambulance for further medical evaluation and treatment.
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The "Joseph L. Block "responded to a distress call and rescued a boater out of Lake Michigan’s waters in the morning of Aug 24, 2015, after the boater’s 28-foot vessel began to sink 10 miles off of Port Washington, Wisconsin.
SAR coordinators at the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee received a distress call just before 8:30 a.m. that a vessel was taking-on-water 10 miles east of the Port Washington pier heads. The Coast Guard launched a crew aboard a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and a helicopter crew aboard a Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Facility Waukegan, Illinois, to respond.
The "Joseph L. Block" quickly diverted to assist the boater. The crew located the sinking vessel and found the boater in the water, wearing a life jacket and waving his arms. The crewmembers reacted quickly and were able to throw heaving lines to the person, hoisting him up out of the water and safely onto their ship.
The Coast Guard Station Sheboygan's rescue boat arrived on-scene, along with the a Ozaukee County Marine boat, to transport the boater off of the "Joseph L. Block" to the Port Washington Municipal Marina to be evaluated by emergency medical services.
The 28-foot vessel was towed by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's crew towards the municipal marina until the flooding outpaced the dewatering pump. Station Sheboygan's crew responded to the scene to supply an additional pump when it was determined the sinking craft had become unstable.
The crew evacuated the sheriff's deputy who was on board and the vessel sank immediately after the tow was released approximately eight nautical miles east of the Port Washington pier heads in more than 350 feet of water.
The Station Sheboygan crew recovered several items that had floated free of the vessel, but reported no visible pollution.
The crews aboard the "Oceana Neptune" and "Oceana Viking" have been commended for going to the rescue of the crew of the 40-ft-m/v "De Bona" which issued a mayday on Aug 17, 2015, at 02.15 a.m. The "De Bona", sailing from Gansbaai to Lamberts Bay, reportedg to be sinking 6,43 miles North West of Cape Point and 3,76 miles offshore of Bellows Rock, with a crew of four onboard. They had departed Gansbaai on Aug 16 at 8 p.m., and on rounding Cape Point in rough sea conditions in a gusting 38 knot South Easterly wind and a confused sea swell of over 4 meters, at 1.45 a.m. the vessel listed to one side with water in a diesel tank. At 02.15 a.m. they broadcast a Mayday distress call confirming their coordinates and confirming that they were preparing to abandon ship.
It was suspected that they may have developed a crack in the diesel tank. The crew had no time to retrieve their life jackets and abandoned the vessel into their life raft climbing off the nose of their vessel which completely sunk shortly after they abandoned their vessel into their life raft.
The "Oceana Neptune" and "Oceana Viking" which had been 35 miles off Sea Point at the time, had heard the Mayday distress call on their VHF radio and queried to Telkom Maritime Radio Services if anyone had acknowledged the Mayday distress call.
The vessel "Harvest Saldanha" was believed to be two hours from the scene and three ships were standing by in the area. The skippers of the "Oceana Neptune" and "Oceana Viking" who were 27 nautical miles off Sea Point, confirmed that they were diverting to make their way towards the scene.
The NSRI Simonstown were alerted and launched the lifeboat "Spirit of Safmarine III". The NSRI Hout Bay responded with the "Nadine Gordimer" and "Albie Matthews".
At 04.35 a.m. the "Oceana Neptune" and "Oceana Viking" confirmed that they were in the general area and could see the light of what they believed to be the life raft wich was being blown rapidly across the ocean in the gusting 38 knot winds.
The castaways in the life raft were requested by Telkom Maritime Radio Services to deploy a red distress flare. Once deployed, it confirmed to the "Oceana Neptune" and "Oceana Viking" to be the life raft. On reaching the raft they were at first not comfortable to pick up the casualty crew out of the life raft in the rough seas and stood by at the life raft and confirmed that all four crew were not injured despite being cold and wet.
The life raft was 5.99 miles North West of the sunken vessel, having being blown that distance away in the gusting winds-
With the nearest sea rescue vessel at that stage still eight miles away the "Oceana Viking" confirmed that they and the "Oceana Viking" had formed a lee at the life-raft to shelter the life-raft from the wind and that they now felt comfortable to rescue the crew out of the life-raft. At 05.34 a.m. the castaways were successfully rescued and NSRI was contacted with the good news that all crew members were safe aboard the "Oceana Neptune".
They were dried, provided warm clothing by his crew and not injured. The life-raft was recovered. The men were taken into Hout Bay harbour aboard the "Oceana Neptune".
The South African Maritime Safety Authority started investigating the sinking of the "De Bona".
On Aug 23, 2015, at 3.30 p.m. NSRI Port Elizabeth were informed by the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) of a fisherman reported overboard the "Ele M"40 nautical miles South West of Cape Recife. The fisherman, reported to not be wearing a life-jacket, was noticed to be missing at 2 p.m. and was believed to have last been seen onboard at approximately noon and was believed to be missing overboard.
Maritime Authorities were alerted at 2.36 p.m. The fishing vessel "Sandile" conducted a search but no sign of the fisherman was found.
The US Coast Guard medevaced a 45-year-old man from the " Celebrity Solstice" near Sitka on Aug 24, 2015. Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders in Juneau were notified of an ailing passenger by the medical team aboard the "Celebrity Solstice". Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.An Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted the hoist and transferred the ailing passenger to awaiting emergency medical services in Sitka.