The 68 meter long, 1846 dwt fishing vessel Oriental Kim ran aground on the Seychelles near L’ilot, Glacis. The Oriental Kim was en route to Port Victoria when it ran ashore on the rocky coastline. The bow of the vessel sustained damage and authorities reported that some oil pollution was spotted around the vessel. The Coast Guard has placed booms around the vessel to contain any pollution released. The Oriental Kim had some 250 tons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the incident. No reports of injuries to the 25 crew on board. Reports state divers have been contracted and have already begun repair work so that tugs can later refloat the vessel. The Oriental Kim had some 700 tons of fish in its hold.
On October 15, the 49 meter long fishing vessel Long Yield No. 2 caught fire in the Indian Ocean near Mahe Island, Seychelles. The 29 crew on board were unable to contain the blaze and sent out a distress call. Authorities in the Seychelles requested vessels nearby to assist with the fishing vessel Dolomieu responding. The Dolomieu arrived on scene and rescued the 29 crew off the Long Yield No. 2. The Dolomieu proceeded to Mahe Island. Reports state the Long Yield No. 2 was disabled by the fire, but remained afloat.
The 80 meter long, 1700 dwt fishing vessel Campolibre Alai caught fire while fishing in the Indian Ocean off the Seychelles. The fire started after an explosion in the vessel’s engine room. The explosion caused severe damage including water ingress. Disabled and ablaze, the crew requested assistance. A nearby fishing vessel was able to come to the Campolibre Alai aid. All the crew on board the Campolibre Alai was rescued and were to being transported to Port Victoria, Seychelles. One crewman sustained severe burns, but was stabilized. Reports state the vessel was left partially submerged and adrift, before it finally sank.