The 26 meter long fishing vessel Acorn Ins237 suffered a power blackout off Auskerry, Scotland. The Acorn had suffered an electrical fault and could not restart the main engine. The crew contacted the Shetlands Coast Guard station who asked the RNLI station from Kirkwall to assist. The RNLI lifeboat reached the scene an hour later and shortly afterwards towed the Acorn to Kirwall. Both vessels arrived back in port a few hours later. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 39 meter long, 247 dwt standby vessel OMS Pollux allided into a concrete pile next to a wind turbine under construction in the Irish Sea off Walney Island , England. The OMS Pollux had been at anchor off the construction site when one of the anchor lines parted allowing the vessel to swing around and strike the concrete pile. The standby vessel sustained damage to its port hull below the waterline puncturing one of the fuel tanks. No reports of injuries to the 18 persons on board. The RNLI lifeboat from Barrow arrived on scene and found the OMS Pollux was not taking on water. The vessels proceeded to Liverpool due to the fuel leak. The Barrow lifeboat escorted the OMS Pollux until it was met by the Lytham and Hoylake lifeboats which escorted the supply vessel the rest of the way to Liverpool. The vessel will remain outside the port until the fuel leak is stopped. Reports state the port of Barrow refused entry to the OMS Pollux due to the fuel leak. The MAIB has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 18 meter long ferry Good Shepherd IV was rescued by the RNLI on August 5, 2014. The ferry which operates between Sumburgh to Fair Isle had suffered mechanical breakdown and had gone adrift off Sumburgh Head with 11 passengers and 4 crew on board. The vessel requested assistance and the RNLI lifeboat from Lerwick was dispatched to the scene. The lifeboat took the ferry under tow and proceeded to Grutness. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.