The 182 meter long, 37056 dwt bulk freighter Cielo di San Francisco went aground on a sandbank off Bray Head, Wicklow, Ireland. The Cielo di San Francisco was en route to Dublin from Cork with a cargo of animal feed when it ran aground. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Attempt to refloat the vessel on the following hide tide. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 42 meter long, 2-masted sailing vessel Astrid went aground and sank in the Irish Sea near Kinsale, Cork County, Ireland. The Astrid was en route to take part in a tall-ship regatta when it suffered engine failure. The disabled sailing vessel signaled the other nearby vessels it was in trouble. The vessel continue to drift towards shore until it crashed onto the rocks off the Sovereign Islands and began to take on water. The Astrid crew requested assistance with the RNLI launching several lifeboats and two helicopters to the scene. Another vessel arrived on scene and rescued 12 crew while the RNLI safely rescued the remaining 18 crew. No reports of injuries. Reports state the crew was being treated for hypothermia and shock. The other vessels taking part of the regatta were unable to pull the Astrid off the rocks. The waves pounded the Astrid on the rocks until it broke-in-two and sank. Later reports stated that 23 teenagers and 7 adults were on board the Astrid.
The 26 meter long fishing vessel Bara An Aod became disabled off Wicklow Head, Ireland. The Bara An Aod was enroute to Ireland from France in bad weather when it suffered engine failure. The crew contacted the Wicklow RNLI who dispatched its all-weather lifeboat to the sceene. The RNLI lifeboat was able to take the fishing vessel under tow and safely returned to Wicklow Harbour. No reports of injuries to the 4 crew, damage or pollution released.