On July 11, the 50 meter long, 748 gt fishing vessel Dorneda capsized and sank in the South Atlantic some 300 miles off the Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. The trawler was hauling in nets in heavy seas when the Dorneda lost stability. Waves washed over the stern ramp and flooded the trawler’s engine room. The Dorneda engine failed and the vessel went adrift. The crew were unable to keep the vessel under control in the heavy seas and abandoned ship into the vessel’s two life rafts. The Dorneda eventually lost stability, capsized and sank.
A distress beacon alerted authorities that the Dorneda had been lost. The Argentine Navy alerted nearby fishing vessels to look for survivors. On the following morning, the two life rafts were spotted by a fishing vessel. Twenty-five crew were rescued. Reports state one crewman was missing and another perished during the incident.
On July 9, the 32 meter long, 154 gt passenger ferry Sri Kandi 99 ran aground at the southern end of Pulau Tekong Island, Singapore. The ferry was making a return trip from the anchored cruise ship Aegean Paradise with 45 passengers and crew bound for Pengerang, Johor. The ferry struck the rocks off the Pulau Tekong at low tide damaging the hull and leaving the Sri Kandi 99 with a severe list. Forty of the passengers and crew were able to make it shore without issue. Authorities dispatched patrol vessels to the scene and freed the remaining 5 persons off the ferry. Reports state 2 persons suffered minor injuries. All the passengers were later transferred to the ferry Camara Samudra.
Reports stated the Sri Kandi 99 later capsized onto its starboard hull and partially sank. Owners have made arrangements to refloat the ferry. Singapore authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
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.