The 33 foot long fishing vessel Long Island II went aground in shallow waters off Bellingham, Washington. The fishing vessel with three men on board sent out a distress signal. A nearby fishing vessel responded and safely brought them to shore. The Coast Guard responded and assisted with the rescue. Authorities have started cleanup efforts by placing booms around the Long Island II. The fishing vessel had 175 gallons of fuel on board at the time of the incident. Reports stated a light sheen was spotted around the vessel. The owner has hired a firm who was able to refloat the fishing vessel a few days later.
The vessel Waibel 11 went aground on the Rhine River near Plittersdorf, Germany. The Waibel’s rudder had failed and the vessel drifted onto a gravel bank. The Waibel 11 was unable to free itself and a dredger has been requested to lighter the Waibel of 600 tons of its 2100 tons of gravel on board. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.
The 36 meter long ferry Poetenitz collided with the 114 meter long, 2907 dwt freighter Volgo-Balt 136 on the River Trave at Lubeck, Germany. The ferry struck the freighter resulting in a small gash in the hull of the Volgo-Balt 136. The ferry also suffered some damage to its hull. No reports of injury or pollution being released. Both vessels are detained by the Water Police while an investigation is conducted.