The fishing vessel Family Union sank off Caleta deVelez Malaga, Spain. The vessel suffered a breakdown off the coast when the bilge alarm was sounded. The master of the vessel found the engine room flooded. The Family Union had suffered a leak and the water ingress could not be stopped. The vessel did not send out a distress call. The crew abandoned ship into the liferaft and dinghy. A nearby fishing vessel picked up the crew and safely returned them to shore. The fishing vessel rests 3 miles off shore in 70 feet of water. Authorities report some debris floating in the water including vests and nets. The boat was valued at 360,000 €.
The 50 meter long self-propelled barge Elizabeth became disabled in the Weser-Datteln Canal near Dorsten, Germany. The vessel had suffered water ingress near the bow and was in danger of sinking. The vessel requested assistance and the local fire department responded with dewatering pumps. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The fire fighters laid out a boom around the Elizabeth as a precaution. The Elizabeth was en route to the Wessel River with a cargo of plastic pellets. Reports state the leak could have been caused by ice.
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Salvage was completed for the 3183 dwt freighter Bien Nam 17 which had sank on February 10, 2012 with 3,200 tons of clinker on the Nha Be River near Ho Chi Minh City. The salvage company used a bucket crane to remove the cargo of clinker. Divers were sent to patch a hole along the starboard side of the hole. Finally, a crane lifted the Bien Nam 17 from the riverbed while six pumps dewatered the vessel. Tugs pushed the freighter closer to the shoreline where it dropped anchor. Authorities will conduct an inspection before the vessel goes into drydock for further repairs.