On May 12, 2012, the 100 meter long self-propelled barge Amandus sank on the Markermeer near Lelystad, Netherlands. The vessel was carrying a cargo of stones when the crew discovered water ingress in the engine room. The crew of three were unable to stop the ingress and requested assistance. The KNRM launched lifeboats from Marken and Enkhuizen along with several other rescue boats proceeded to the scene. A nearby barge reached the Amandus first and safely rescued all three crewmen. No reports of injuries. The Amandus proceeded to sink until it hit bottom leaving the deck awash. Authorities spotted a small amount of oil sheen in the water, but no boom was required. Buoys were placed around the wreck. The police launched an investigation into the incident.
Mammoet Maritime arrived on scene and began salvage operations. Two tugs along with other vessels were able to lift the Amandus to the surface by May 17. Photos of the salvage operation can be seen on tugspotters.com
The 96 gt wooden passenger and general cargo vessel Josille II sank off Pagawanin Island, Palawan, Philippines. The vessel had departed from Liminancong bound for El Nido with 47 passengers and 12 crew on board. Conditions in the area were bad as a storm was approaching from the southwest. The Philippine Coast Guard had issued gale warnings which were ignored by the master of the Josille II. Three hours later the master of the Josille II wished he had stayed in port. The storm had intensified creating large waves which battered the seams of the vessel until they leaked. Quickly the vessel flooded until it sank sending all on board into the water. When reports of the sinking reach the authorities, they launched a search and rescue operation. Ships from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy and local fishermen were able rescue 54 people from the water. Unfortunately, another five people had drown and their bodies were later recovered.