The trawler Progress LK378 sank while fishing for crab in bad weather off South Uist, Scotland. The Progress became disabled when a rope became entangled around the vessel’s propeller. The high winds and rough seas quickly swamped the vessel. The two crew on board sent out a distress call and abandoned ship with just lifejackets. The two men were in the water for 30 minutes when two fishing vessels arrived on scene. The Anita and Ocean Maid rescued one crewman each. Both men arrived safely and were unharmed.
The 86 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Wervelwind collided head-on with the 105 meter long, 2138 ton self-propelled barge Adolf Blatt on the Neckar River near Landenburg, Germany. The Wervelwind suffered some damage, but the Adolf Blatt suffered a two meter wide hole in the hull. There were no injuries on either vessel. The Wervelwind was proceeding to Landenburg with 350 tons of phosphoric acid while the Adolf Blatt was travelling in ballast. No pollution was released as the Wervelwind is a double-hull tanker. Damage to the Adolf Blatt has been estimated to be around 10,000€. Both vessels were detained by the water police for inspection. An investigation into the incident is being conducted.
The 44 meter long fishing vessel Andre Leduc became disabled just prior before entering Peterhead Harbour, Scotland. The Andre Leduc had lost power after an engine failure. The RNLI lifeboat responded to the scene while the Leduc’s crew restarted the engine. The lifeboat escorted the fishing vessel into the harbour. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.