The 20 meter long, 50 gt fishing vessel Le Marie Louis sank in the Bay of Biscay near the Isle de Yeu, France. Authorities were alerted by a distress call followed by an automated distress beacon. Helicopters were dispatched from la Rochelle and Lorient and nearby vessels were put on alert. An hour later the fishing vessel Mat Ma Co found four crew of the Le Marie Louis in two life rafts. The survivors were later airlifted by a helicopter and taken ashore. No reports of injuries. Authorities have issued a warning to vessel that the Le Marie Louis had sunk and debris could be in the water.
The 35 meter long fishing vessel Calypso Z84 caught fire while fishing in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle, France. The fire started in an electrical panel in the engine room. The crew responded quickly and extinguished the blaze, but the fire damaged the trawler’s generator. The crew made some temporary repairs to restore power and allow the vessel to pull in its nets. No reports of injuries to the 5 crew on board. Authorities dispatched a team to the trawler who evaluated the Calypso Z84 condition. After the inspection, the trawler was found to be seaworthy enough to proceed on to its journey back to Belgium.
The 20 meter long fishing vessel O Busi caught fire off Cedeira, Spain. The started in the vessel’s engine room and quickly got out of control. The fire spread through out the ship and soon the superstructure was engulf in flames. Unable to fight the blaze, the crew of the O Busi sent out a distress call requesting assistance.
Spanish authorities were contacted and dispatched a nearby helicopter which was conducting an exercise in the area. Before the helicopter arrived, all eight crew of the O Busi abandoned ship into the vessel’s liferaft. The helicopter reached the scene and hoisted all eight men to safety. No reports of injuries, but the master of the O Busi were taken to hospital on shore.
The O Busi remained adrift as it continued to burn. Patrol boats and lifeboats arrived on scene later the same day to see if the fishing vessel could be taken under tow, but reports state the vessel burned to the waters edge.