On July 31, the 70 meter long fishing vessel Havbryn became disabled in the Barents Sea near Hopen Island. The Havbryn had its propeller damaged and the crew could no longer control the trawler. The Havbryn requested assistance with the Coast Guard vessel KV Barentshav dispatched to the scene. The Coast Guard vessel arrived and found the Havbryn disabled in rough seas. Divers were sent to inspect the propeller, but conditions were to rough. The Coast Guard concluded to tow the Havbryn to the lee off Svalbard which provided shelter for the divers. However, when the KV Barentshav arrived off the islands with the trawler in tow, it found conditions too dangerous with strong currents and winds. Therefore, it was decided to tow the Havbryn back to the mainland port of Honningsvåg.