The towboat Crimson Gem had 4 barges break loose on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisana. The towboat was pushing 20 barges when the flood waters and swift current caused 4 barges to break free. Three barges sank while one struck the US 190 road bridge. The bridge was closed a short time while it was inspected for any damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. All 4 barges were carrying a cargo of grain. The Coast Guard has suspended traffic along a 5-mile section of the Mississippi River where the incident occurred.
The fishing vessel Saint Gothard became disabled off Scotland after suffering an engine failure. The trawler was taken under tow by the fishing vessel Claude Moiner II. The fishing vessels were later assisted by the RNLI lifeboat as all the vessels safely arrived at Lochinver harbour. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
The 11 meter long fishing vesssel Rowella sank off the coast of Lulworth Cove, England. The two men on board the Rowella were setting pots when they noticed that the fishing vessel was taking on water. They sent out a mayday and went to the life raft. Within five minutes the Rowella was waterlogged with the water reaching the upper deck. Portland Coast Guard responded sending out a helicopter while the Weymouth sent out their RNLI lifeboat. Nearby vessels hearing the distress call also raced towards the Rowella. The helicopter was first on the scene and winched up the 2 men to safety. Two nearby fishing boats also reached the Rowella and tried bailing out the fishing vessel. Unable to pump out the water, the Rowella was taken under tow by the Weymouth lifeboat who tried to tow the vessel back to port. However, the vessel was too waterlogged and soon capsized.
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