The 22 meter long towboat Natalie Jean capsized and sank on the Mississippi River near New Orleans, Louisiana. The Natalie Jean was pushing a barge when it lost stability while making a turn in the river. The towboat suddenly capsized spilling the crew member in the pilothouse into the river. The nearby towboat Earl Gosling rescued the crew man from the water. A short time later the Natalie Jean rolled over and sank.
Reports state two other crew members of the Natalie Jean were reported as missing. The Coast Guard along with local authorities launched a search and rescue operation for the missing crew.
Traffic on the Mississippi River was halted around the area where the Natalie Jean sank. Reports state the towboat had some 600 gallons of diesel fuel on board when it sank. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On March 10, the 24 meter long, 119 dwt hopper dredger Sirius Høj capsized and sank outside the harbor at Bogense, Denmark. The Sirius Høj had lost stability when it made a turn to starboard. The dredger had its load shift and the vessel capsized on its port hull. The two crew on board were thrown into the icy water, but were able to climb up on the overturn hull. Authorities were alerted and dispatched a rescue helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived a short time later, but found the two crew had already been rescued by a small private vessel. The crew was taken to hospital, but no reports of injuries.
A response team was dispatched and monitored the Sirius Høj for any release of pollution. A salvage crane arrived the next day and righted the Sirius Høj. The Sirius Høj was towed back into Bogense harbor to a shipyard for repairs.