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.
The 98 meter long, 5195 dwt freighter Jia Hui collided with the 1430 dwt freighter Eifuku Maru No. 18 off Izushima Island, Japan. The Eifuku Maru No. 18 was carrying a cargo of steel from Nagoya, Japan to Ichikawa when it was struck by the bow of the Jia Hui which was en route to Busan, South Korea from Kawasaki. The Eifuku Maru No. 18 capsized while the Jia Hui suffered only slight damage to its hull. Five crewmen of Eifuku Maru No. 18 were trapped when the vessel capsized. Their bodies were later recovered by divers. One other crewman was reported as missing. The Japanese Coast Guard dispatched patrol boats and helicopters to the scene to search for the crewman.
The Eifuku Maru No. 18 was launched in 2011.
An attempt was made to take the overturn Eifuku Maru No. 18 under tow, but efforts had to be abandoned as the freighter sank. No reports of injuries on the Jia Hui. Authorities have dispatched three officials to determine the cause of the collision.