Police Vessel Sunk
The Karlsruhe police boat No. 5 collided with the 110 meter long, 1808 dwt barge Chemgas 22 in low visibility on the Rhine River near Rheinstrandbad, Germany. The police boat hull was severely damaged and suffered water ingress. The crewmen on board the police boat were rescued by the 33 meter long tug Hekla which was pushing the barge. The disabled and sinking police boat was towed astern of the tug to shallow water where it paritially sank. None of the three crew were injured and no reported injuries on the tug or barge. Pollution was reported as some diesel fuel was released from the police boat. A crane was brought to the scene to salvage the vessel. No reports if the water police issued a fine for the incident.