The 190 meter long, 56692 dwt bulk carrier Yue Dian 57 collided with the 40 meter long patrol vessel Zhongguohaijing 3062 near Nei Island in the Pearl River estuary, Guangdong, China. The bulk carrier was headed to Tianjin from Guangzhou when it struck the patrol vessel. The Zhongguohaijing 3062 capsized and sank sending the eight crew into water. Local fishermen were able to rescue all eight crew. No reports of injuries.
The Yue Dian 57 dropped anchor near the incident site. Authorities quickly dispatched a salvage team to the scene. A barge with a crane was able to raise the patrol vessel.
Reports state the Zhongguohaijing 3062 was engage in monitoring the area for illegal fishing. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 19 meter long fishing vessel Myntevik ran aground near Stokkøya, Norway. The Myntevik had grounded on a steep slope and developed a heavy list to port. The two crew alerted authorities who dispatched a rescue helicopter and a NSSR lifeboat to the scene. The two crew put on the survival suits and prepared to be evacuated. A helicopter arrived first, but the crew elected to wait for the lifeboat.
Later when the lifeboat arrived on scene, it was able to quickly pull the Myntevik free assisted by the rising tide. The trawler sustained some damage and required a tow back to Stokkøya. The lifeboat pulled the Myntevik back to port where divers inspected the fishing vessel. No reports of injuries and no pollution released.
On April 20, the barge Beachmaster IV washed ashore near Lake Worth Inlet, Singer Island, Florida. The empty barge was being towed by the 30 meter long tugboat Na Hoku when it broke free while the crew change. The barge washed up on the beach, but was undamaged. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Coast Guard has reported the barge will be pulled off the beach shortly.