The 43 foot long fishing vessel Deep capsized after suffering water ingress while off Key West, Florida. The vessel had contacted the Coast Guard that the vessel was taking on water and was in need of assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched the cutter Nantucket and a helicopter to the scene. When the cutter arrived, the Deep had already overturned with one crew man on the hull and another in a life raft. Both men were rescued. No reports of injuries.
A 74 foot long fishing vessel also suffered water ingress while off Key West. The vessel contacted the Coast Guard that in was in need of assistance. The Coast Guard sent the Nantucket and dispatched a fix wing aircraft to the scene. The vessel became waterlogged forcing the three people aboard to abandon ship into the life raft. However, the life raft capsized sending the three people into the water. Two of the three people were rescued by Nantucket. The other was rescued by the fishing vessel Southern Grace. One person suffered minor injuries.
The 72 foot long cruiser Plight went aground on the barrier reef in the North Sound, Cayman Islands. The vessel struck the reef and quickly disintegrated releasing some 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel into the ocean. Bad weather quickly stripped the vessel’s superstructure leaving only the engines and generators submerged on the reef. Reports state the master of the vessel escaped to the lifeboat while the two other crewmen on board were by local authorities. The Plight was scheduled to sail from Miami to the Australia via the Panama Canal. The master of the yacht had headed to the Cayman Islands due to the approaching bad weather. No reported injuries. Authorities have deployed environmental cleanup crews to the scene.
The 110 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge RP Rheinfelden went aground on the Rhine River near Geisenheim, Germany. The Rheinfelden was proceeding in dense fog when another vessel appeared. The tanker-barge veered to avoid collision, but went aground. The RP Rheinfelden was later released with the aid of a tug with minor damage. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Rheinfelden proceeded to Birsfelden, Switzerland with its cargo of 800 tons of gasoline.