A tug has sunk in South America, while another has been raised in the US and a pilot boat was raised in Europe. These incidents demonstrate the daily challenges and risks that tug and pilot boat crews face.
According to local reports, Colombian Navy tug Arc Pascual de Andagoya sank between the Pacific Ocean waves on 19 December. Thankfully, the crew of six on this tug were able to get into liferafts and were rescued by a fishing vessel that was nearby. They were then transferred to hospital by a naval helicopter.
They were more fortunate than the crew of Wepfer Marine-owned tugboat Ricky Robinson who lost their lives when this tug sank on Mississippi River in the US. On 17 December, US Coast Guard and police teams raised this tug with two bodies on board with cranes near Memphis, Tennessee.
In northern Europe, sunken pilot boat L 242 was raised on 19 December. This salvage project was achieved using Finnish Coast Guard vessel Turva. The pilot boat was raised from water depths of 20 m and take to Tolkkisten in Porvoo for investigations.
Two employees of Finnpilot Pilotage died when pilot boat L 242 was lost south west of the Porvoo lighthouse, in the Gulf of Finland.