On May 25, the 192 meter long, 33720 dwt cargo vessel Purple Beach caught fire in the North Sea while en route from Immingham to Brake, Germany with a cargo of fertilizers. The fire started in one of the cargo holds of the Purple Beach and the crew quickly responded. The crew extinguished the blaze that evening, but the fire reignited the following day while the vessel was off Helgoland. The crew requested assistance with rescue boats, helicopters and salvage vessels arriving on scene. Reports state a firefighting team was brought on board to help contain the blaze. One of the 25 persons on board suffered injuries from the toxic gas released and was airlifted for treatment.
The 25 meter long offshore supply vessel Sea Gale allided with the sailing vessel Heimkehr at the port at Helgoland, Germany. The Sea Gale was attempting to moor when the vessel lost power after an engine failure. A strong wind pushed the bow of the Sea Gale into the stern of the Heimkehr. No reports of injuries. Both vessels suffered only minor damage.
The excursion passenger vessels Helgoland and Funny Girl collided off Helgoland, Germany. The 74 meter long, 418 ton Helgoland struck the 68 meter long, 165 ton Funny Girl at the anchorage due to the severe weather. Both vessels suffered only slight damage. After the collision, the Funny Girl drifted and subsequently went aground on a sand bank off the beach near Helgoland dune. Passengers on board the Funny Girl were transferred to the passenger ship Lady Von Buesum by the use of small tenders. The passengers were all safely arrived at Buesum. The passenger ship Helgoland continued on to Wilhelmshaven. No reports of injuries. The water police are conducting an investigation into the incident.