On March 25, the 61 foot long fishing vessel Princess Hawaii sank 400 miles north of the coast of Hawaii. The longliner was fishing when it was struck by a rogue wave. The wave swamped the Princess Hawaii and knocking several crew overboard into the water. The crew launched the vessel’s life raft and sent out a distress call.
The Coast Guard along with nearby fishing vessels responded to the scene. The fishing vessel Commander arrived on scene 12 hours later and pulled all 8 crew to safety. No reports of injuries. The Commander was reported to be headed for Honolulu and arrive in a few days.
Reports state there was an observer from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on board the Princess Hawaii at the time of the sinking. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On February 22, the 200 meter long, 63498 dwt bulk carrier Federal Iris became disabled 240 miles off the coast of Oregon. The Federal Iris was headed for Longview, Oregon from China when there was a minor explosion in the vessel’s engine room. The explosion damaged the main engine and the bulk carrier went adrift. The Federal Iris requested assistance and a tug was dispatched to the scene. The tug took the bulk carrier under tow and proceeded to port. No reports of pollution released.
On January 31, the 87 foot long fishing vessel Sunnfjord sank off Cape Alava, Washington. The Sunnfjord had suffered water ingress and the vessel’s pumps had failed. Unable to control the flooding, the crew contacted the Coast Guard for assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched several cutters, motor lifeboats and a helicopter to scene. Rescuers arrived on scene and first attempted to pass over dewatering pumps to the Sunnfjord. The pumps were unable to stop the flooding and the five crew abandoned ship. The crew were rescued before the Sunnfjord sank in 300 feet of water. No reports of injuries. The Sunnfjord had some 800 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the sinking.