The 101 meter long, 8919 dwt general cargo vessel Better Trans sank in the Philippine Sea in an area of 19 25 N 127 40 E between Taiwan and the Philippines. The Better Trans was en route to China from Davao, Philippines when the crew found the vessel had sprung a leak. Unable to control the flooding, the vessel sent out a distress call and abandoned ship. All 19 crew escaped into the life rafts. Four hours later the crew were rescued. However, only 18 men were later rescued and one man was listed as missing. No further details reported.
The 82 meter long general cargo ship Mercy God ran aground in the Aegean Sea off Bozcaada Island, Turkey. The cargo vessel had been at anchor when storms caused the anchor to drag and the vessel was blown ashore. Tugs were dispatched and the vessel was refloated and taken to a nearby anchorage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution.
The 97 meter long general cargo vessel Lady Hester ran aground in the Ruotsinsalmi Strait near Kotka, Finland. The Lady Hester was en route to Halla from Rauma with lumber when it ran aground in dense fog. Authorities were alerted and multiple vessels were dispatched to the scene. The Lady Hester was able to refloat itself and was escorted by a tug to Kotka. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The Lady Hester is to be inspected for damage while authorities investigate the incident.