The fishing vessel Shawn and Gary found itself in dire condition off Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The Shawn and Gary had just started fishing a few hours after lobster season started when it suffered a leak and began to sink. The two crew on board sent out a distress call before having to abandon ship into the vessel’s life raft. The two men were quickly rescued by the nearby fishing boat Patty and Andy. No reports of injuries. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel G. Peddle arrived on scene a short time later. The Shawn and Gary was last reported as submerged with just a small portion of the bow above water. The cause of the sinking was not reported.
The 163 meter long, 2642 dwt passenger shipOcean Countess became disabled shortly after leaving Liverpool, United Kingdom. The passenger ship suffered an electrical failure leaving the vessel without power for several hours before the crew was able to restart the main engine. The vessel diverted to Holyhead on Anglesey for further inspections. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution being released.
The 82 meter long, 1783 dwt freighter Carrier ran aground during a strong gale at Colwyn Bay near Liverpool, England. The Carrier was swept ashore in five meter swells. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard dispatching two helicopters to the scene. The helicopters were able to lift the seven crew safely.
The Carrier was loaded with stones from Belfast before going aground. Authorities have dispatched salvage and pollution experts to the site. The Carrier has some 40,000 liters of fuel on board. Initial surveys of the vessel found the hull has sustained several holes and some light diesel fuel was released into the water. The main fuel tanks still remain intact and authorities have arranged to have the remaining fuel pumped out from the vessel as soon as weather permits.