On January 9, the 11 meter long fishing vessel Peik ran aground near Slettnes Lighthouse in Finnmark, Norway. The Peik was crab fishing south of Sørøya when ran up on the rocks at Gamvik. A search and rescue operations was launched looking for the two crew on board the Peik. Authorities searching the area found a small amount of debris and recovered one of the deceased crew. The search continued through January 10 with helicopters and lifeboats looking for the missing crewman. Reports state the search was halted a few days later without finding the missing crew.
On December 7, the fishing vessel Bald Eagle II ran aground off Southern Shores, North Carolina. The vessel had dropped anchor when rough seas caused the vessel to drift ashore. The crew requested assistance and the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Elizabeth City and a vessel from Oregon Inlet to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene first and was able to rescue all 4 crew off the vessel to safety. No reports of injuries.
The Bald Eagle II remained aground for several days until it was refloated on December 15. The tug John Joseph was able to pull the fishing vessel free with the assistance of a backhoe which cleared out sand away from the hull. No reports of pollution released.
The 59 meter long, 531 dwt fishing vessel Kokshaysk ran aground along the coast of Norway near Arnøya in Troms. Authorities were alerted and found the Kokshaysk nearly high and dry. An inspection found a small oil leak, but the trawler’s hull was in good shape and no water ingress was found. Attempts to refloat the Kokshaysk will be done on the next high tide. Authorities are still investigating why the trawler ran ashore. Reports state there was good visibility and nice weather at the time of the incident. One report suspects the night watch had fallen asleep at the helm. No reports of injuries to the 35 crew on board the trawler.