The 18 meter long fishing vessel Dorus ZK 67 ran aground on the Westgat near Lauwersoog, Netherlands. The trawler had become stuck on a sandbar with the falling tide and could not free itself. A KNRM lifeboat responded and attempted to pull the Dorus free, but the current was too strong. Additional helped arrived and the combined effort was also not able to budge the fishing vessel free. The KNRM lifeboat transferred the crew off the Dorus ZK 67 and took them to Lauwersoog. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On July 21, Hong Kong authorities reported four cargo vessels in distress off Hong Kong. The 26 meter long Zhong Chuan 19, the 55 meter long Jin Tai Yi 3, the 50 meter long Jia Hang 233 and the 95 meter long Shun Hong Hai 286 were caught in storms off Hong Kong. The vessels became disabled and the crew requested assistance. The Hong Kong Government Flying Service launched aircraft and successfully airlifted all the crew off the four vessels. Some 36 crewmen were safely rescued. No reports of injuries.
The 1,112 foot long, 154,407 gt passenger cruise ship Freedom of the Seas caught fire while entering into the port of Falmouth, Jamaica. The fire started in a mechanical space near the stack spewing out black smoke. One crewman sustained injuries receiving first-degree burns. No reports of injuries to any of the 4,454 passengers on board. The vessel’s fire suppression system was activated and extinguished the blaze within two hours. The Freedom of the Seas arrived in Falmouth and passengers were able to disembark. Damage from the fire was reported to be limited and the cruise itinerary has not changed. The Coast Guard will inspect the vessel when it returns to the United States.