The 53 foot long fishing vessel Ashlyne became disabled near the entrance of the Columbia River. The vessel’s cargo of 70,000 pounds of fish had shifted resulting in a heavy list. At the same time, the sea conditions had swells between eight to 12 feet which increased the risk the Ashlyne would capsized. The four man crew contacted the Coast Guard for assistance as they attempted to return to port. The Coast guard dispatched a Jayhawk helicopter along with the 47-foot motor lifeboat to the scene. The Coast Guard then proceeded to escort the Ashlyne to Ilwaco, Washington. No reports of injuries or pollution being released. The Coast Guard has restricted the fishing vessel to port until it can be examined by inspectors.
The 222 meter long, 34752 dwt bulk freighter Algoma Discovery caught fire while docked at Hamilton, Ontario. The fire started with the electrical in a service tunnel. Firefighters were unable to get to the fire so they the flooded the tunnel extinguishing the blaze. No reports of injuries or pollution being released.
A ferry with over 350 persons on board capsized and broke-in-two on the Brahmaputra River near Fakiragram, Assam, India. The ferry was sailing along its regular route servicing small villages along the river when it was caught by a storm. The storm quickly overwhelmed the ferry throwing people overboard. Many were caught in the current and drowned. There were no life-rafts or life jackets on board the vessel. Authorities pulled more than 100 bodies from the river with another 100 still reported missing. Reports state there will be an investigation into incident along with inspection of the ferries operating in the area.
- India ferry capsizes; 103 dead, 100 missing (newsday.com)
- India ferry disaster toll reaches 103 (thehimalayantimes.com)
- More Than 100 Dead In India After Ferry Capsizes (wnyc.org)
- 100 bodies pulled from river after ferry capsizes in India – Telegraph.co.uk (telegraph.co.uk)