On March 7, the 70 foot long wooden fishing vessel Pacific Pearl sank off Naden Harbour, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. The crew had alerted authorities that the trawler had sprung a leak and the pumps were unable to control the flooding. The RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard responded sending vessels to the scene. Rescuers arrived and placed dewatering pumps on the Pacific Pearl and safely transferred all 5 crew off the fishing vessel. The Pacific Pearl was taken under tow, but the pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. The Pacific Pearl sank and a red buoy was placed over the wreck. No reports of injuries.
On January 21, the 220 foot long fishing vessel Saputi sustained hull damage while fishing for turbot in the Davis Strait between Canada and Greenland. The trawler had struck ice which cut into the hull causing water ingress. The crew requested assistance with both Danish and Canadian authorities responding. A Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker and an fixed aircraft was dispatched while the Danish Navy directed a vessel to the area. The aircraft arrived first on the following day and was able to drop four dewatering pumps to the Saputi. The Danish warship arrived on scene a short time later delivering additional pumps and technicians. The Saputi proceeded towards Nuuk, Greenland escorted by the Danish warship Knud Rasmussen. No reports of injuries to the 30 crew on board. Reports stated that the catch of turbot on board the Saputi may have been lost resulting in an estimated loss of $1 million dollars (CA).
- NEWS: Canadian, Greenland rescue agencies help distressed fishing vessel (nunatsiaqonline.ca)
The 134 meter long container ship Simushir became disabled off Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), Canada. The vessel had lost power and had gone adrift. The Simushir was just 14 kilometers off shore in bad conditions with waves reaching 4 metres in height.
The crew contacted authorities who dispatched vessels to the scene. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Spar and Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier arrived on scene, but were not equipped to tow the Simushir to away from shore. Another Canadian Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid arrived a short time later and was equipped to tow the container ship. The Reid attempted to attached lines to the Simushir, but each time the line snapped. After the third attempt, the Gordon Reid halted further attempts. The Simushir had shifted location and was an additional 30 kilometers further away from shore.
The tug Barbara Foss was requested and was reported to be heading to the scene to take the Simushir under tow. Reports state the Simushir was carrying 268 containers with mining equipment from Everett, Washington bound for Russia. No reports of injuries to the 10 crew on board.
- Simushir update: Russian ship being towed out to sea (beaconnews.ca)
- Coast guard vessel tows disabled Russian cargo ship off B.C. coast (globalnews.ca)
- Disabled Russian cargo ship laden with tonnes of fuel towed off B.C. coast by coast guard (news.nationalpost.com)