The 72 meter long, 348 dwt ro-ropassenger ferry Gelis Rauh caught fire while in the Lombok Strait near Padangbai, Bali. The Gelis Rauh was en route to Lombok Island with 53 passengers, 13 lorries and 20 crew when fire erupted from the car deck. The fire quickly spread through the superstructure and soon engulfed the entire ferry. Uncontrolled, the fire disabled the ferry and the vessel drifted until it grounded just short of the shore. Fire boats and fire fighters operating from shore tried to contain the blaze, but it consumed the ferry down to the water’s edge. The remains of the Gelis Rauh partially sank a short time later.
Reports state all persons on board were able to abandon ship. Several people suffered minor burns and were taken to hospital for treatment. Reports state the evacuation off the vessel was slowed due to incorrect lighting on the ferry.
On July 2, the landing-craft ferry Pancar Indah sank in the Bali Strait near Gilimanuk, Bali, Indonesia. The Pancar Indah loaded with 16 cars and trucks and 35 persons on board encountered rough seas with waves reaching 2 meters high. The ferry suffered water ingress and eventually sank by the bow. The Pancar Indah partially sank with part of the superstructure remaining above the surface. No reports of injuries.
The 100 meter long, 7716 dwt freighter New Lucky III became disabled near Bail, Taiwan. The freighter was battered by high winds and rough seas when it developed a dangerous list. The cargo of logs on board had shifted causing the New Lucky III to become unmanageable. The vessel quickly lost power and the list continued to increase. The New Lucky III sent out a distress call with the Taiwan National Search and Rescue Command responding. Aircraft and rescue boats were quickly dispatched to the scene. A helicopter rescued seven crew men while another nine men were rescued by a Coast Guard vessel. The master of the New Lucky III was listed as missing when he was swept overboard during the rescue operations. The last report stated the New Lucky III was still adrift.