A fire broke out on a duck boat had 28 tourists on excursion in London on the Thames River. The amphibious boat was near the Lambeth Bridge when the blaze started. The vessel was enveloped in dense smoke forcing 15 people to jump into the Thames. The local fire brigade responded rescuing those in the water and still on the smoke-filled boat. Two passengers were taken to hospital for smoke inhalation. Reports state the remainder of passengers were in shock, but all 28 passengers and 2 crew were accounted for. The port authorities has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 220 meter long, 39295 dwt container ship Lilac suffered a fire while moored off-shore of Table Bay, South Africa. The crew alerted the South African authorities that a fire had broken out in one their holds. The master of the vessel stated they were fighting to contain the fire, but he had not declared an emergency. The NSRI dispatched boats from Table Bay, Bakoven and Hout Bay to the scene to standby in case the 21 crewmen of the Lilac need to abandon ship. A short time later the Lilac entered the port at Table Bay and berthed at the container terminal where it was met by the local fire brigade and rescue services. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 50 foot long fishing vessel Fjord Mist sank off James Island, Washington. The Fjord Mist was fishing for hagfish when the vessel began to fill with water. The Coast Guard was contacted and two rescue craft along with a helicopter were directed to the scene. A dewatering pump was dropped to the Fjord Mist, but the water ingress was too much for the pumps. The three crew of the Fjord Mist were evacuated before the vessel sank. The Fjord Mist rests in 100 feet of water. The crew were safely taken to the Coast Guard station at Quillayute River. Some pollution was spotted as some of the 150 gallons of fuel on board the vessel was released in to the water. Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.