The Columbian naval tugboat ARC Pascual de Andagoya sank in the Pacific Ocean off the Columbian coast. The tug was in heavy seas when it suffered uncontrolled water ingress. The crew tried to keep the vessel afloat, but the vessel became waterlogged. The crew sent out a distress call and abandoned ship into the tug’s life rafts before the ARC Pascual de Andagoya sank.
The six crew were rescued by the fishing vessel Conpe Malaga 3 who responded to the the tug’s distress call. A Columbian naval helicopter arrived a short time later and took the crew to the hospital in Bahía Málaga. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Navy will plan to salvage the tug when conditions improve.
On December 8, the 66 foot long towboat Ricky Robinson sank on the Mississippi River off Mud Island near Memphis, Tennessee. It is unclear what caused the towboat to sink. The Coast Guard was notified and begun a search and rescue operation for the two people on board. A search by local authorities and the Coast Guard were unable to locate the two crew.
However, authorities were able to find the Ricky Robinson which now rests on the bottom in 65 feet of water. The owners of the vessel state they will salvage the towboat. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On December 4, the 54 meter long coastal tanker Qi Cheng Xian Feng ran aground and sank near the north dyke of the Yangtze River Estuary. The tanker had run aground at low tide and sustained multiple hull breaches. With the rising tide, the Qi Cheng Xian Feng later sank by the stern. All 9 crew on board were able to abandon ship and rescued by authorities. No reports of injuries. No reports if the Qi Cheng Xian Feng has released any pollution.