The fishing vessel BTH 96679 TS reported that it was disabled in the South China Sea (07 30N, 109 47E). The vessel’s engine had failed, but the crew were able to drop anchor. No reports of injury of the 22 crew on board.
The excursion passenger vessels Helgoland and Funny Girl collided off Helgoland, Germany. The 74 meter long, 418 ton Helgoland struck the 68 meter long, 165 ton Funny Girl at the anchorage due to the severe weather. Both vessels suffered only slight damage. After the collision, the Funny Girl drifted and subsequently went aground on a sand bank off the beach near Helgoland dune. Passengers on board the Funny Girl were transferred to the passenger ship Lady Von Buesum by the use of small tenders. The passengers were all safely arrived at Buesum. The passenger ship Helgoland continued on to Wilhelmshaven. No reports of injuries. The water police are conducting an investigation into the incident.
The 80 meter long, 150 ton ro-ro ferry Sogn ran ashore near Brimnes, Norway. The Sogn which regularly runs between Bruravik and Brimnes had 13 passengers and 10 cars on board when it went turned too soon and ended up some 200 meters from the pier at Brimnes. No one was injured, but the ferry suffered damage to its rudder and propeller. Attempts to refloat the ferry with its own power failed. A blood alcohol test on the crew was negative. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.