The 1,112 foot long, 154,407 gt passenger cruise ship Freedom of the Seas caught fire while entering into the port of Falmouth, Jamaica. The fire started in a mechanical space near the stack spewing out black smoke. One crewman sustained injuries receiving first-degree burns. No reports of injuries to any of the 4,454 passengers on board. The vessel’s fire suppression system was activated and extinguished the blaze within two hours. The Freedom of the Seas arrived in Falmouth and passengers were able to disembark. Damage from the fire was reported to be limited and the cruise itinerary has not changed. The Coast Guard will inspect the vessel when it returns to the United States.
The 87 meter long, 3015 dwt cargo vessel Sea Breeze sent out a distress call off the Lizard Peninsula off Falmouth after the vessel began to sink. The Sea Breeze was carrying 2750 tons of limestone bound for Shoreham when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. The vessel’s pumps were unable to control the flooding and the crew requested assistance. The RNLI lifeboats and coastguard helicopters were dispatched to the scene. Additional pumps were delivered, but were unable to stop the flooding. The five crew from the Sea Breeze were transferred off the sinking ship. The salvage tug Vortex from Falmouth and HMS Tyne were reported standing by the Sea Breeze.
The 36 foot fishing vessel Heather Anne sank in Gerrans Bay near Falmouth, England. The two crewmen on board were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel Lauren Kate who witnessed the sinking. The Lauren Kate contacted the Coast Guard who dispatched a RAF helicopter and the local RNLI lifeboats to the scene. The helicopter airlifted one crewman as he was in need of immediate treatment. Unfortunately, he did not recover and died later in hospital. The other crewman was taken by lifeboat back to Mevagissey. The cause of the sinking was not reported. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.