The 23 meter long passenger ferry Adventure ran aground near Battery Island, North Carolina. The ferry was on its regular run between Southport and Bald Head with 31 passengers when it struck a sandbar. Some 13 passengers were injured with 3 suffering moderate to severe injuries. The vessel requested assistance with the 47-foot motor life boat and 25 foot response boat from the Oak Island Coast Guard Station responding. The Coast Guard boats were able to transfer the injured passengers off the ferry and transport them to the nearby marina. The remaining passengers were taken ashore with the assistance of other rescue vessels and the Bald Head Island Ferry Ranger. No reports of pollution released. A tug was requested to help refloat the Advernture. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 18 meter long, 46 ton fishing vessel Grenaa Star allided with the south pier at Tyne, England. The vessel’s bow had significant damage resulting in water ingress. The crew alerted the Humber Coastguard that the fishing vessel was quickly flooding and was in danger of sinking. The master of the Grenaa Star also sustained a head injury and needed assistance.
The Tynemouth RNLI dispatched two lifeboats to the scene. The local police boat and the Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team also arrived on site to aid in the rescue operation. The Grenaa Star was able to go aground close to shore while the RNLI lifeboat provided pumps to dewater the vessel. The master of the vessel was taken to hospital for treatment. The remaining crew on the Grenaa Star was able to cut off the fuel supply to prevent any pollution being released. The RNLI secured the vessel’s anchor to the beach to keep the vessel ashore as the vessel was so badly damage it would not be able to be refloated on the following high tide.
The 168 meter long, 26591 dwt bulk freighter Voyager K went aground while attempting to berth in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The Voyager K had arrived from Russia with 22,000 tons of wheat and remained at the outer anchorage. The port authority attempted to berth the vessel, but the tide had receded and the Voyager K became stuck in the river. Authorities state the vessel was expected to refloat itself on the following rising tide. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.