The 17 meter long privately own submarine Nautilus UC3 sank in Koge Bay near Copenhagen, Denmark. The sub had suffered a technical fault with a ballast tank valve causing the submarine to sink in less than a minute. The vessel’s owner, Peter Madsen, was the sole person on board at the time of the incident. He was able to escape and jump into the sea before the submarine plunged for the bottom. Danish authorities were alerted when the submarine failed to arrive. Multiple rescues vessels were deployed in a search and rescue operation. Luckily, he was spotted and safely rescued. He was later taken to Dragor Harbor. No reports of injuries.
August 12 Update
Authorities arrested Peter Madsen under the suspicion of murder. Reports state a journalist was on board the submarine at the time when it sank. Madsen stated he had dropped off the reporter on an island three hours into the voyage. However, authorities were unable to locate her after she was reported missing. Indications point to the submarine being intentionally sunk rather than by a stuck ballast tank valve as initially reported.
The 140 meter long reefer cargo vessel Atlantic Lady collided with the 182 meter long tanker Kraslava in the Drogden Channel, Øre Sound between Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen. The Atlantic Lady was en route to Bear Island from St. Petersburg when it was struck by the Kraslava. The Atlantic Lady sustained significant damage to its superstructure with numerous cabins destroyed. The Kraslava sustained a large gash to its starboard bow. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Atlantic Lady proceeded to an anchorage in Copenhagen. The Kraslava headed to Køge Bay. The Kraslava was in ballast from Santa Cruz heading to St. Petersburg.
The 88 meter long, 3782 dwt freighter Isartal went aground near Copenhagen, Denmark. The Isartal had departed from Copenhagen when it suffered a power failure and went adrift before going aground. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Isartal was able to be refloated a few hours later and proceeded to a quay for inspection. A survey showed no damage and the freighter was allowed to proceed on its voyage.