The 16 meter long, 29.9 gt fishing vessel Ar Louarn sank off Cotinière, Saint Pierre d’Oléron, France. The trawler had suffered water ingress and notified authorities. The vessel’s EPIRB distress beacon was activated a short time later. Authorities requested all nearby vessels to assist in search and rescue for the crew of the Ar Louarn. Aircraft and SNSM lifeboats were also dispatched to the scene. An hour later a fishing vessel found one of the three crew of the Ar Louarn. He was in good condition, but the other two crew were still reported missing. A search of the area found a debris field near where the trawler sank.
The 148 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Af Francesca caught fire off the Apulian Coast near Bari, Italy. The ferry was proceeding from Bari to Durres, Albania with 203 passengers and 53 crew when a fire broke out in the engine room. The crew was able to put the blaze out a short time later. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The fire disabled the vessel and tugs were requested. A tug arrived and towed the Af Francesca to Bari. All passengers safely departed and were transferred to other vessels. Authorities launched an investigation into the incident.