The US Coast Guard located a motor vessel with 49 people onboard after one of the passengers called 911 reporting her concerns that the operator had become disoriented in heavy fog off of Navy Pier near the Chicago Harbor breakwall, on Saturday, June 9. The master of the vessel was issued a violation for negligent operations and for operating without the required navigation lights.
A US Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews rescued six people from a sinking vessel 12 miles southeast of Channel Islands Harbor, on Sunday, June 10. There were no reported injuries and all six boaters were reunited at Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor. The mariners were prepared to abandon ship with life jackets on.
In its 2017 Recreational Boating Statistics, USCG reported a 6.1% decrease in fatalities from 2016, with a total of 658 incidents. From 2016 to 2017, boating injuries also decreased 9.4% from 2,903 to 2,629, and accidents decreased 3.9% from 4,463 to 4,291. However, the report shows it was the second highest number of fatalities on record in the last five years.
In its latest Safety Digest, UK MAIB describes an incident where a yacht collided with a whale. Initially the crew did not notice any damages on the ship, while a slight ingress of water was being managed by the bilge pumps. However, as the time was passing more problems were beginning to arise, leading the crew to abandon the boat.
The crew of the Stena Crystal Sky rescued two American from their stranded yacht off the west coast of Mexico. On the 17th day of their voyage, the yacht’s occupants Don Spitler and Elizabeth Anderson found themselves in unexpected heavy seas and an estimated 3m swell.
On 18 November 2017, the ship was approximately 1500nm from Fremantle, when a crewmember fell overboard. The crewmember was attached to the yacht by his safety harness tether, with the hook at the end of the tether that was clipped to a jack-line.
In November 2016, the owner of the 7.75m motor cruiser Vasquez fell unconscious after being overcome by carbon monoxide that had been emitted from failed rubber bellows that formed part of the inboard engine’s wet-exhaust system. Although rescuers came to his aid, it was not possible to save his life.
The Federal Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation has issued report regarding a fatal accident involving a person on board the charter yacht Desdemona, on 21 September 2015, in the area of the approach of Rostock-Warnemunde.
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