On August 28, the fishing vesselSikelela ran aground in St. Francis Bay near St. Francis, South Africa. The vessel had suffered a power blackout while attempting to return to harbour in 5 meter swells and high winds. The crew was unable to gain control of the Sikelela as the waves drove the vessel ashore. The eight crewmen escaped the fishing vessel to the shoreline. A few others were unable to leap ashore and were left hanging onto the vessel as waves crashed over the vessel. The NSRI lifeboat arrived on scene and rescued three crew. The NRSI also rescued the master of the Sikelela. He had suffered injuries after loosing his footing. The Sikelela continued to be battered into the rocks the following days until it was smashed into a total loss. Some oil and fuel was released but was dissipated by the waves.
The 38 foot vessel Paloma washed ashore off Ocean Beach near San Francisco, California. The master of the vessel, Timothy Lybrand, had made a distress call earlier that the vessel had run aground onto the rocks just offshore. He stated he was going to abandon ship and swim ashore some 25 yards away. The Coast Guard dispatched air and sea rescue boats to the scene while nearby fishing vessels also searched for the missing man. Aided by the San Francisco Fire Department, the area around the Paloma was systematically searched. After 9 hours, the search was finally called off as no sign of the captain Lybrand could be found.
The Paloma ran ashore onto the beach partially sunk in 10 feet of water. Officials were able to safely remove the vessel’s two fuel tanks which had some 35 gallons of diesel fuel. Debris from the vessel has washed up on to the beach. The Coast Guard reports the cleanup coast will cost around $20,000. The Paloma has sustained significant damage and will scrapped on the beach. Authorities will pull the vessel above the high tide line and breakup the vessel so it can be carted to a nearby dump truck for removal. Estimates state this will cost another $98,000 to complete.
Later reports stated Lybrand had warrants for his arrest for failure to appear in court in 2012. Police suspect the fisherman had not perished with his vessel but is in hiding somewhere in the San Francisco area.
The 30 meter long research vessel Kennemer went aground off Holwerd, Netherlands. The Kennermer’s mooring lines broke during a gale and drifted until it washed ashore onto the opposite causeway/dike. No reports of injuries or pollution released. After the high water receeded, the research vessel was left high and dry. It remained beached until the following day when four tugs and the KNRM lifeboat were able to pull the Kennemer free. The vessels proceeded to Harlingen where it was inspected.