A crew member of the "Cheikh El Mokrani" risked his life diving off the side of the ship to save a whale that had got stuck in a fishing net. The crew of the tanker spotted the large mammal writhing around in the water, desperately trying to get free. After just a moment's consideration, one crew member hurled himself off the deck and into the sea below. He swam towards the huge animal and pushed its nose away from the net. Another crew member then joins him and together they manage to get the sea creature free.
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A Tanzanian teenager was rescued after his hand was caught in the hawse pipe of the "MI Harmony" which he was attempting to board‚ at Maydon Wharf 5‚ in Durban. The 19-year-old was attempting to board the bulk carrier, which was destined for Maputo‚ before midnight on Apr 20, 2017, when his hand was crushed‚ trapping him. The stowaway had climbed up the rope in an attempt to get onto the ship that was moored at the wharf. Due to the motion of the vessel moving the rope‚ the man’s hand was crushed and partly amputated. NSRI and police search and rescue were called to the scene. The teen was extricated and treated for crush injuries by search and rescue medics‚ before being handed over to Rescue Care Paramedics for further care. He was taken to King Edward VIII Hospital for treatment.Immigration officers‚ Portnet security and Maydon Wharf SAPS were in attendance.
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The "Bella Desgagnés" that transports people and supplies to Quebec's Lower North Shore was forced to abandon its efforts to get to the community of Blanc Sablon, near the border with Labrador, after extraordinarily thick ice made the journey impossible. Three Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers tried to clear a path through the ice for the Bella Desgagnés to the community beginning on Apr 14, 2017, but all efforts failed. The "Bella Desgagnés" had been trying to bring nine passengers and much needed supplies, including perishable goods, to the village, which has no connection by road to the rest of Quebec.
On Apr 18, the ship was forced to make an emergency trip to St. Barbe, Nfld., because a diabetic passenger was running out of insulin after an unexpected five days at sea. Jordan Nadeau left Harrington Harbour for Blanc Sablon with enough insulin to last the usual one-day trip. The light icebreaker "Earl Grey" was the first to attempt to cut a path to the shore. When it failed, the medium-sized "Henry Larsen" was called in, which also couldn't get through.
The Coastguard then sent the strongest icebreaker it has, the "Terry Fox", but the ice proved too thick.
When the ship abandoned hope of reaching Blanc Sablon on Apr 20, it brought Nadeau and three other passengers back to Newfoundland. From there, they were to catch a flight to Blanc Sablon.
Five other passengers were taking a round-trip voyage and are returning with the ship as it heads back to the coastal communities of La Romaine and Rimouski. Food and supplies will be either be flown to Blanc Sablon, or transported there by truck on a road that links the community to Labrador.
The "Fedjefjord" suffered technical problems with the steering system on Apr 21, 2017, and remained sidelined in Fedje. The sailings at 8.50 a.m. from Fedje to Sævrøy and departure from Sævrøy to Fedje at 10.15 a.m. were cancelled. Operator Norled announced that the ferry service would be served by a speedboat until further notice which started in Sævrøy at 11.20 a.m. The "Fedjefjord" was put back into operation on Jan 18 after she was taken out of service in November after a grounding accident at Sævrøy.
The readiness of the attorneys of two crew members of the "Sofia 3" who have been waiting for months to get paid the salaries by the shipowner - a company based in the Cayman Island, has allowed to trace the yacht and get it seized by the court of Lucca ordered. The two Croatians had worked for months on the yacht that was moored in Viareggio.
She had disappeared at the same time as the judgment orderied the seizure on April 19, 2017. The new crew had deactivated the yacht's AIS to make it more invisible, but by some information it was discovered that the yacht was headed to Savona. In the morning of April 21, she was intercepted and seized by the local port captain.