The towboat Bootsie B was pushing a tow of 28 barges, 13 empty and 15 loaded with cargo, when it ran aground near Greenville. All the barges and towboat were later refloated. There were no injuires, damage or pollution released.
The 145 foot long towboat David L. Fields was pushing a barge southbound when the barge ran aground near Brownsville, Minnesota. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Officials started emergency dredging operations as sediment has built up in the area where the barge grounded. As the Mississippi’s water level has dropped to historic lows due to the severe drought, barges have been restricted to drafts less than the normal nine feet. Officials closed traffic on the Mississippi River at the two locations due to the groundings.
The 52 meter long, 1320 dwt tuboat Kosco 202 and its barge under tow sank off Zambales, Philippines. The tug was heading to Indonesia from Shanghai, China to deliver the barge when it encountered Typhoon Saola. The tugboat and barge were quickly overwhelm by 16 to 20 foot waves. The barge sank and the tug began to sink as the engine room began to fill with water. The vessel contacted the Philippine Coast Guard requesting assistance. The seven crew of the Kosco 202 then abandoned ship into the vessel’s rubber liferaft. The Coast Guard dispatched a 56 meter long rescue vessel to the scene. The rescuers found the liferaft and were quickly ushered to safety. The crew were later taken to Subic Bay. No reports of injuries.
The 50 foot fishing vessel Evening Star capsized and sank in the Slocum Arm near Sitka, Alaska. The crew were pulling in a load of salmon nets when it lost stability before sinking in 300 feet of water . All five crewmen on board were able to escape and were quickly rescued by the nearby fishing vessel Chickamene. No reports of injuries. Authorities spotted an oil sheen on the surface causing the closure of the nearby salmon fishery. The Evening Star had some 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard when it sank. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the vessel’s owners with the pollution and salvage if possible.