The 1368 dwt freighter Soon Bee II foundered in the South China Sea near Kuala Rajang, Borneo. The vessel capsized in heavy seas while onroute from Kuching and Sarikei . Ten of the 18 crewmen onboard were rescued. The Malaysian agencies are conducting a search for the 8 missing men. Reports state the vessel had made an emergency call because the vessel had water ingress. The Soon Bee II had been sailing for 41 years before it sank.
The 52532 dwt freighter West Bay collided with the 50 foot fishing vessel Michael Brandon some 20 miles off the coast of Hull, Massachusetts. The fishing vessel sustained severe damage, but was able to be towed back to Scituate, Massachusetts. However, it later sank in the harbor. Reports state there were no injuries on either vessel. The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation.