The North-Western Office for Criminal Investigations in the Transport Segment of Russia’s Investigation Committee said that the Saint-Petersburg Transport Investigation Department has initiated a criminal case on the fire onboard the "Pyotr Tchaikovsky", moored at the Oktyabrskaya Embankment in Saint-Petersburg, constituting an offence under Part 2 of Article 263 ot the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (improper operation of water transport which resulted inadvertently in the death of a person). The fire broke out in the engineer's cabin of the "Pyotr Tchaikovsky" on Aug 22, 2019, at 05:30 a.m. The 25 year old man died from injuries caused by the fire while being transported to a medical facility. The more than 200 passengers and 80 crew members were evacuated from board. The fire was put out within one hour. Crime scene investigation team immediately appeared at the scene of the accident. Investigative activities are underway to establish facts, causes and circumstances of the case. Report with photo: http://en.portnews.ru/news/282316/
The "Red Eagle" with 50 passengers on board assisted in a rescue operation in the morning of Aug 21, 2019, during its 06:00 a.m. Southampton to East Cowes sailing. Just minutes after departing Southampton, Captain Craig Young spotted an upturned dinghy in the water off Hythe, near Dock Head. Further investigation aided by binoculars revealed that a man was in the water, holding onto the side of the dinghy. Captain Young immediately instructed his team to deploy Red Eagle’s rescue boat. The Southampton Harbourmaster and Solent Coastguard were also alerted. The Southampton Patrol attended the incident and was able to recover the man from the water, assisted by the ferry’s crew, and brought him to shore where local medics attended. He was taken to hospital via ambulance. The "Red Eagle"’s rescue boat towed the stranded dinghy to Hythe Marina before returning to the ferry for the 06:00 sailing to recommence. There were some delays to the service as a result but the return sailing from East Cowes to Southampton was only five minutes past the scheduled arrival time.
After improvement of the weater, on Aug 21 at 4 p.m. a mobile crane which had been erected on the North jetty in of Dénia in the morning, started to take off the 70 vehicles aboard the "Pinar del Río" one by one. The salvage team proceeded to unload all vehicles except a caravan and two motorcycles that required special fasteners and were to be recovered on Aug 22. The crane hoisted the cars and placed them subtly on the breakwater. The Baleària workers, who had got the car keys already on Aug 17, transferred them to a parking lot in the port. Baleària contacted the owners and told the cars were now safe and that they could pick them up. The recovery continued at night with one car all ten minutes. Once these works are finished, the Dutch company Ardentia Marine will continue with the stabilization of the 'Pinar del Río' to prepare its refloating. After the storm it turned out that the starboard hull of the ferry was quite damaged. In the morning the fast ferry "Jaume 1" started covering the service between Ibiza and Palma. Spanish reports with photos: https://www.levante-emv.com/comunitat-valenciana/2019/08/22/coches-aires-denia/1913720.html https://www.lasprovincias.es/marina/ferry-denia-encallado-descarga-coches-20190821120440-nt.html
The "Ocean Viking", already stranded at sea for 13 days awaiting port access, has been denied entry by Malta and its two requests to Italian authorities have gone unanswered. The ship was carrying mostly Africans from Sudan, plucked from the sea in four separate missions. They included more than 100 minors, around 90 of them unaccompanied. Three children were under the age of five. The ship requested port access to Italian authorities on Aug 9 and Aug 12. Supplies were running down and the crew has begun to ration showers to conserve water. No port except for Tripoli has welcomed the ship, but the charities regard the Libyan port as unsafe and fear the migrants would be thrown into detention centres and suffer human rights abuses if returned to the country. The French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said Paris was ready to take in 40 people from the "Ocean Viking". Talks were under way with the European partners and his counterpart in Malta.
On Aug 18, 2019 the CROSS AG received a call of the patrol boat 'Heliconia Star' of the Montserrat Maritime Police after a sailboat was on fire five miles northwest of the island. At this moment, no occupant was spotted on or near the ship. The CROSS AG immediately deployed the civil security helicopter of Guadeloupe, a Dragon 971 and the patrol boat "Violette" from Guadeloupe which was joined by the "Lesley PG". At 2:30 a.m. the blazing boat sank despite attempts to extinguish the fire. Just over an hour later, the Dragon 971 detected two people in an inflatable boat. The 'Heliconia Star' diverted to the position and took on board the two castaways. They were immediately sent to the Montserrat hospital. One of the two castaways, severely burned during the fire, succumbed to his injuries in the morning. French report with video: https://la1ere.francetvinfo.fr/martinique/dragon-971-sauve-naufrage-montserrat-740913.html