The 99 meter long, 2708 dwt fishing vessel Juvel caught fire while berthed in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay. The fire started in a cabin during the early morning hours of July 9. The fire released out dense smoke with toxic gases. The crew were unable to extinguish the flames and requested assistance. Firefighters assisted by port Tugs and the Navy were able to bring the blaze under control by late afternoon. One of the 10 crew on board the Juvel sustained injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. The amount of damage to the Juvel was not reported.
The 63 foot long fishing vessel Challenger Traveler caught fire near St. John’s, Canada. The vessel sent out a distress call before the four crew on board donned immersion suits and abandoned ship into the vessel’s life raft. Two coast guard vessels and nearby fishing vessels responded to the call. The crew waited two hours before rescuers found them. All four were rescued and returned to port on the fishing vessel Atlantic Bandit. No report of injuries.
The fire consumed the Challenger Traveler until it burnt to the water’s edge and the vessel sank. Authorities stated there was some oil sheen visible where the fishing vessel sank.
The fishing vessel Adriana M caught fire south of Chacahua Bay, Oaxaca, Mexico. The fire started during the early morning hours and quickly spread through the vessel’s superstructure. The 24 crew on board the Adriana M sent out a distress call and shot flares before escaping into life rafts. As the fire consumed the tuna boat, the 183 meter long tanker Centenario headed to the scene. The tanker rescued all 24 crew along with 2 dogs from the Adriana M. and proceeded to Salina Cruz. The cause of the fire was not reported. No reports of injuries.