On Feb 6 around midnight the Dutch barge "Rick", 1394 ts (EU-No.: 02008018; MMSI-No.: 244660021; CS: PE7640), capsized alongside the "Interballast 1" while receiving a cargo of sand on the Wester Scheldt off the Hoofd plate, three kilometers northeast of Breskens. Two crew mbembers were rescued; one person was still missing. One person who had been on deck was recovered from the water soon after the accident by the crew of the dredger and taken to an ambulance in Breskens at 1.40 a.m. Several lifeboats of the KNRM from stations such as Breskens and Hansweert, with the Cadzand boat first on scene at 1 a.m., followed by the the police launch "P 41" at 1.15. a.m., a police helicopter at 2.20 a.m., the "Maeslant" of Rijkswaterstaat, the pilot boats "Patrol", "Gemini Pilots" and "Deurloo" the mine sweeper BNS "Bellis - M 916" of the Belgian Navy, divers of the Dutch Navy who were called from Den Helder, divers from Multraship and other ships with their rescue boats were searching for the crew who had been sleeping when the ship capsized. The water temperature was approximately 4 degrees Celsius. At 3.20 a.m. the search was stopped, but at 7:45 a.m. a second man was rescued. He was hypothermic, but conscious. Probably an air bubble in the ship saved his life. The crane ship "Cormorant" was called from Sluiskil was sent to the capsized ship. The accident happened when the dredger "Interballast-1" was loading gravel onto the "Rick" when the barge suddenly turned over. The wheelhouse was smashed. Divers knocking on the hull did not get answer. The situation of the wreck was instable, so it was secured by the tug "Multratug 22" which was keeping it since 2.10 a.m. from drifting away and pushed it slwoly onto a sandbar. The search was meanwhile stopped, and the rescue forces were waiting for the water level to drop. In the afternoon of Feb 6 the salvage of the "Rick" commenced. The sheerleg "Cormorant" lifted the wreck bottom up from the Hoofdplate and moved it to deeper waters. Here an attempt was to be undertaken to dewater the barge and take it to Terneuzen. One helicopter was still searching for one missing crew member. Other ships on scene were the "Hendrik 7", "Karin", "Maeslant", "Multratug 22", "RWS 78" and "VB 4".
The "Interballast 1", 2082 gt (IMO: 7382457), which had entered the port of Breskens at 4.40 a.m. left the port again at 5 p.m.
Dutch reports with photos and videos:
In the afternoon the salvage of the "Rick" has commenced on the Westerscheldt. The sheerleg "Cormorant" lifted the wreck bottom up from the Hoofdplate and moved it to deeper waters. Here an attempt was to be undertaken to dewater the barge and take it to Terneuzen. One helicopter was still searching for one missing crew member.
Dutch reports with videos:
On Feb 5, 2015, at 6.20 a.m. the "Skorpios II" with 89 passengers and a crew of 31 on board ran aground in the area of Maillén in Punta Santo Domingo, 14 kilometers southwest of Puerto Montt. At 6.45 a.m. the Maritime Authority was alerted and the 5th Naval District informed accordingly. The passengers, mostly foreigners, were transferred onto the Chilean patrol boat "Micalvi" around 3 p.m. and taken to the Navy Pier in Tenglo aboard the patrol boat "Contramaestre Micalvi". Also the patrol boat "Defender" from Arcángel was dispatched. A Super Puma helicopter and a Skymaster aircraft were monitoring the site. The vssel was on a sightseeing trip around the fjords and the San Rafael Glacier. No injures, no spill reported. The vessel which was high and dry on the rocky shore was expected to be refloated with the high tide.
Chilean report with photos:
A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced three mariners, reportedly suffering from burns and a leg injury, from the "Almasi" 52 miles west of the Columbia River Bar on Feb 5, 2015. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a report at 11:30 a.m. from Pacific Coast Maritime Agencies, a vessel operation service for tanker and dry bulk vessels, that two crew members had received injuries consistent with chemical burns and another crew member had a possible broken bone. The mariners were reportedly injured while refueling and cleaning the holds.
The "Almasi" was originally 69 miles west of the Columbia River Bar and coordinated with Coast Guard personnel to move closer to shore to rendezvous with the Jayhawk crew.
The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene around 1:42 pm., assessed the Almasi members' injuries, hoisted the three men and safely handed them over at 3:09 p.m. to emergency medical services, who transported them to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria, for further medical treatment.
Weather on scene was reported as 31 to 38 mph winds with 19-foot seas. The vessel resumed its voyage from Portland to Nakhodka after the medevac.
Report with video:
The "Biru Perkasa 1" dragged an anchor and drifted onto a shallow in a stormy weather near te coastline of Pangandaran at southern coast of West Java on Feb 3, 2015, where she ran aground. The crew was evacuated. The vessel had arrived to Pangandaran from Jakarta to load iron sand from Tasikmalaya mining.