The 16 meter long fishing vessel Cygogne caught fire in the English Channel off Fecamp, France. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room. The four men on board attempted to douse the flames, but all their attempts failed. The men abandoned ship into a liferaft. The container ship WES Janine rescued the men a short time later. A rescue helicopter transferred the men to Le Havre where they were later taken to hospital. No reports of injuries. A tug was dispatched to the scene as the burning Cygogne was a danger to navigation. The tug was unable to extinguish the flames before the vessel burned to the water’s edge and sank. The tug reported some debris floating around the area where the Cygogne sank.
The 40 meter long passenger vessel Willi Ostermann collided with the 95 meter long self-propelled barge Brizo on the Rhine near Cologne, Germany. The Willi Ostermann was on a wedding party excursion with 150 passengers when it struck the stern of the Brizo. The bow on the Willi Ostermann was damaged and eight passengers suffered minor injuries. No reports of pollution released. The Willi Ostermann proceeded to a shipyard for repairs while the Brizo, undamaged, was allowed to continue to Antwerp with its cargo of salt. The water police has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 186 meter, 30688 dwt bulk freighter Heloise collided with the 20 meter long tug Ocean Georgie Bain on the St. Lawrence River at Montreal, Canada. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No further details reported.