The 164 foot long trawler Eihatsu Maru ran aground off Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa. The trawler was in dense fog when it struck bottom some 35 meters off shore. Early reports state the fishing vessel hull was undamaged. The NSRI dispatched a rescue boat to the scene and evacuated 19 of the 28 crew on board. The remaining crew decided to stay on board along with the vessel’s dog.
The vessel’s engines and generators remain operational, but were unable to refloat the vessel. A tug was requested and will attempt to refloat the Eihatsu Maru at the next high tide. Authorities are concerned for possible release of pollution from the Eihatsu Maru. The vessel has some 90 tons of fuel and ammonia on board.
The 32 meter long, 203 dwt tug Ava Payagua collided with the 82 meter long sand-barge Rio Turbio on the Parana River off the 102 kilometer mark near Zarate, Argentina . The Ava Payagua was undamaged, but the Rio Turbio quickly capsized and sank. No reports of injuries to the 12 crew on board the Ava Payagua. Authorities launched multiple vessels on scene conducting search and rescue for the missing men. Divers were sent into the vessel and found one survivor. One engineer was found alive in the capsized hull and was taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia. Divers later found four bodies trapped in the hull. Divers continue to search for three missing crewmen. Authorities placed a boom was placed around the Rio Turbio to contain any pollution that may be released. Reports state three crew from the Ava Payagua were taken into custody while the vessel was being detained for inspection. An investigation into the incident is being conducted.