On May 8, the 44 foot long fishing vessel Arlene Adonna ran aground in the Gulf of St. Lawrence just offshore of L’Ile aux Marins Island near St-Pierre-Miquelon, France. The Arlene Adonna was headed to Cape Breton with 11,000 pounds of snow crab in the hold when it ran onto the rocks. Just a few meters from the shoreline, the heavy surf and cold water temperature made it impossible to wade ashore. The vessel sent out a distress call with the SNSM lifeboat responding. The lifeboat pulled alongside the grounded vessel allowing all five crew to jump to safety. One crewman suffered a minor injury while another required treatment for shock. Reports state the crew were later flown back to St. John’s.
The Arlene Adonna sustained hull damage while on the rocks. Authorities had hope to pull the vessel free, but the fishing vessel will require a survey before any salvage attempt is conducted. Local and Canadian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
On November 25, the 97 meter ro-ro passenger ship Bella Desgagnes ran aground in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near Kegaska, Quebec. The Bella Desgagnes had encountered strong winds reaching in excess of 80 km/h when the vessel struck the seabed off Kegaska. One of the vessel’s bow thrusters sustained damage. None of the passengers were injured, but one crewman suffered minor injuries. The Bella Desgagnes proceeded to Sept-Îles at reduced speed. Reports state divers had made an inspection to the bow thrusters to see what repairs were necessary.