UK: Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue off Shetland – Published 04 Mar 2017 1240z (GMT/UTC)

Five fishermen and two RNLI lifeboat crew were saved from the sea after a dramatic rescue when their trawler sank in bad weather.

(Image: RNLI)

(Image: RNLI)

The seven had to jump into the water just before the ship sank off Shetland as the sea was too rough to bring a lifeboat alongside. The alarm was raised at about 6.50am yesterday when the Lerwick-registered Ocean Way began taking on water. Lerwick RNLI lifeboat and the Coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Sumburgh both rushed to the scene. Two RNLI crew, one of whom often crews on Skerries-based Ocean Way, were transferred to the trawler with a salvage pump. But the skipper decided the trawler could not be saved. The five crew and two RNLI volunteers jumped into the water minutes before the trawler sank at 8.20am. They were picked up by the lifeboat, crewed by eight volunteers, and taken back to Lerwick. A Norwegian fish carrier, the Gerda Saele, had put a pump on board while the helicopter began winching a third pump on board, but Ocean Way’s skipper decided to abandon ship. The trawler crew were all wearing life jackets and had an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on board, pinpointing their position. Rescuers praised them for having the correct equipment. Lifeboat coxswain Alan Tarby said: “While the third pump was being winched on board the skipper decided to abandon ship and within minutes of him making that decision they got off and it sank, so it was a good call. “The rescue was made much easier because the Ocean Way’s crew were all wearing the correct safety equipment and had undergone safety training. “It was a good outcome even although the vessel was lost, all the crew were unharmed. The lifeboat crew performed very well, especially the two men who were in the water with the fishermen.” The fishermen were checked over by medics in Lerwick but did not need treatment. Mark Rodaway, commander for the UK Coastguard, said: “This was a difficult rescue in awful weather. In the conditions, the lifeboat had a difficult time trying to safely get alongside. “But I’m delighted to say that all five fishermen are safe and well and the fact they were all wearing life jackets ensured that they had the best chance of survival.”

RSOE March 04 2017 11:19 AM (UTC).

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China: Hong Kong passenger ferry ‘First Ferry III’ hits barge in thick fog, 31 injured – 060413 1410z

(Photo: Firefighters take pictures of the Lamma IV passenger boat, with the back end of the vessel badly damaged after a collision, near the shores of Hong Kong’s Lamma island.

Thirty-one people were injured in a collision between a passenger ferry and another vessel off Hong Kong island late Friday, police said, in the latest accident to hit the city’s frenetic waters.

“The ferry crashed with another ship. Right now the injured people have been transported to the dock,” a police spokeswoman said, adding that 11 of the injured had been admitted to hospital.
The ferry, which was bound for the island of Cheung Chau, reached its destination but police were unable to provide details about the status of the other vessel, thought to be a barge.
Thirty-eight people were killed and scores injured when a ferry collided with a pleasure boat in October, Hong Kong’s worst maritime disaster in 40 years which raised questions about safety in one of the world’s busiest harbours.
Researchers say that while it remains one of the world’s safest ports, increased vessel traffic and risks associated with land reclamation works along the harbour front call for urgent government attention.
A government report into the October collision, which occurred near Lamma island, is due later this month.
Saturday, 06 April, 2013 at 04:00 (04:00 AM) UTC RSOE

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Thirty injured as Cheung Chau ferry collides with barge

(Photo: Members of the St John’s Ambulance wait at Cheung Chau ferry pier

(Photo: Ambulances parked outside Cheung Chau ferry pier in Central.


New World First vessel collides with barge in foggy conditions on way to Cheung Chau

More than 30 people were injured when a passenger ferry collided with a barge as it approached Cheung Chau last night.

At least three passengers on the New World First Ferry vessel sailing from Central to the island were seriously injured, the company told Cable TV. At least one of the injured was late last night being returned to the city for treatment.

It was the first major collision at sea since the deadly National Day crash off Lamma Island last year, which claimed 39 lives.

A New World First Ferry spokeswoman told TVB: “Our vessel hit a barge Most injured passengers sustained minor injuries – only one or two have more serious injuries.”

Our vessel hit a barge Most injured passengers sustained minor injuries – only one or two have more serious injuries
New World First Ferry spokeswoman

The vessels collided in waters south of Hei Ling Chau shortly after 9.30pm, police said. The impact damaged the ferry’s bow.

The First Ferry III, left Central at 9pm and headed for Cheung Chau, a New World spokeswoman said.

Cheung Chau resident Martin Williams said a friend who was on the ferry told him he “couldn’t tell where the ferry was, as the fog was so thick, and wasn’t even really sure which harbour they had entered”.

Cheung Chau Rural Committee chairman Yung Chi-ming, who inspected the ferry when it reached Cheung Chau, said the bow of the vessel had been hit.

Passengers in the front rows were thrown from their seats and down the stairs, said Islands district councillor Lee Kwai-chun, who was on board. “Some were bleeding from injuries to their mouths and necks,” Lee said.

A passenger who was speaking by phone an hour after the collision said a relative was still bleeding from his forehead. “It was a big crash,” he said. ” Some passengers were thrown out of their seats.”

Lee said there might have been water coming into a compartment, but a watertight door had “worked”. The captain had asked passengers to put on their life jackets after the collision, she said. Pictures circulating online showed passengers wearing life jackets as they sat in the ferry waiting to be rescued.

New Zealand boat capsize highlights need to wear lifejackets: Family of 3 rescued but 13 year old boy missing – 190113 1450z

At 0637 hours this morning Coastguard received a call on VHF Marine Radio Channel 80 from a member of the public who had come across a capsized vessel off Calypso Bay, near Motuhie Island, in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

The small 4.4m run about Tantifi’ had left Buckland’s Beach up the Tamaki River earlier that morning with 4 persons on board.

They got into trouble whilst passing Coruso Rock where a wave resulted in a sudden shift by a person on board, causing the vessel’s starboard bow to plough into the next wave and capsize the vessel.

All on board were thrown into the water with one surfacing under the vessel.

None were wearing life jackets, however had them in their vessel.

The member of the public started to recover the 4 persons who were all accounted for from the water with Coastguard Rescue Vessels from Howick, Waiheke and Auckland arriving on scene shortly after.

Two of the persons on board were treated by Coastguard volunteers for small injuries while the vessel was recovered and taken under tow back to Buckland’s Beach.

As a 13 year old boy still remains missing following the capsize of the small boat he was on with 3 other family members on Thursday, Coastguard puts out a plea for those New Zealander’s out enjoying the many water ways in and around our coastline to do so safely and to not just take lifejackets but to wear them.

Coastguard Spokesperson, Georgie Smith, said Coastguard can’t stress enough the importance of not just taking lifejackets on a boat trip but wearing them.

“Boats, especially under 6m, can sink very quickly – it’s simple, lifejackets save lives! Not only are you easy to find, but your survival rate is just huge in comparison to not wearing one. How much is a life worth?”

Mrs Smith said safety messages were stressed throughout the year but many people still don’t take them seriously.

“We can only do so much – our volunteers are out there dedicating their time and risking their lives to save others. People need to make sure they are looking out for themselves and that means a correctly fitted lifejacket for everyone on board, and wearing them, especially in small vessels.”

Supported by Giltrap Group’, Coastguard Northern Region re-launches their life jacket awareness events next month at high population boat ramps around Auckland.

Saturday, 19 January, 2013 at 11:24 (11:24 AM) UTC RSOE