The 125 meter long, 8800 dwt container ship 3 Oak went aground on the Kiel Canal while en route to Rotterdam from Szczecin. The 3 Oak had suffered engine failure and drifted onto the embankment. Traffic on the canal was halted until the vessel was refloated later the same day. The 3 Oak proceeded under its own power to Brunsbüttel where it was inspected before allowing the vessel continue on its voyage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On December 3, the fishing vessel Laura K sank in Broadford Bay. The one crewman on board sent out a distress call that the Laura K had suffered water ingress and was sinking. The fishing vessel Jamiain and the RNLI lifeboat from Kyle of Lochalsh responded. The Jamiain reached the scene first taking the crewman off the Laura K. The lifeboat arrived a few minutes later just as the Laura K sank. No reports of injuries.
The 10 meter long fishing vessel Southern Star P31 sank in the North Sea off Dunwich, Suffolk, England. The crew of the Southern Star were just able to alert the Thames Coastguard as the vessel suffered massive water ingress in the engine compartment. The uncontrolled flooding just took a few minutes to sink the Southern Star. The crew of three were able to abandoned ship into the vessel’s life raft. The Thames Coastguard sent out rescue vessels along with two RNLI lifeboats to the scene. The Southern Star crew were spotted and recovered by the fishing vessel, Mistress Three. The crew was later transferred to the Southwold lifeboat. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Southern Star had departed from Lowestoft and had suffered a mechanical problem before it sank.