The 66 meter long self-propelled barge Penhoet sank on the Schelde River near Bornem, Belgium. The Penhoet was headed to Valencienne Weert from Ghent when it veered out of the navigation channel and struck a bridge pillar. The barge sustained hull damage and suffered water ingress in the bow. Unable to stop the flooding, the master of the Penhoet drove the barge onto a sandbank before it partially sank.
Local authorities were alerted and rescued three persons off the Penhoet. No reports of injuries. Authorities attempted to refloat the Penhoet, but the flooding could not be stopped. The Penhoet completed sank beneath the water on the rising tide. Reports state the vessel shall be salvaged on the next low tide. No reports of pollution released.