On June 6, the 16 meter long fishing vesselEmma Louise became disabled off Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall. The crabber had developed a fault in its steering gear and was unable to maneuver. The vessel requested assistance with the RNLI lifeboat from Newyln responding. The lifeboat was quickly able to connect a towline to the Emma Louise and proceeded back to Newlyn. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The pilot boat Taybird from Dundee, Scotland caught fire while escorting a vessel up the River Tay. The pilot boat was assisting the 118 meter long tanker Pandion when a fire broke out in the pilot boat’s engine room. The 2 men on board the Taybird requested assistance as the fire disabled the vessel’s engine. The Broughty Ferry RNLI responded sending two lifeboats to the scene. The lifeboats were able to evacuate the 2 men from the pilot boat and extinguish the fire. The Taybird was taken under tow and escorted back to Dundee. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 60 meter long, 965 dwt cargo ship Fosenbulk became disabled off Flatanger, Norway after suffering a power outage. The vessel’s main engine had failed while in heavy seas and high winds. The crew immediately dropped anchor to keep the vessel from being blown on to shallows. The crew alerted authorities as they feared the anchor chain could break. A lifeboat was dispatched to the scene along with a Sea King helicopter. The helicopter was able to airlift the 4 crewmen to safety.
The Coast Guard vessel Harstad arrived later and was able to connect a towline to the Fosenbulk. The vessels proceeded to Namsos. No reports of injuries. The Fosenbulk was loaded with foundry sand bound for Rissa.