Tug-boat sank in port waters

2008 04 14
On the 10th of April 2008 at about 1815 h at quay No 103 a tug-boat „Barta“, belonging to Klaipėda Stevedoring Company,  when taking away the tightrope,  ran against the bow of a ship „Magdalena“ (flying Malta flag), capsized and sank. Two members of the crew sank and one person managed to save himself.     
 
On the 10th of April 2008 at about 1815 h at quay No 103 SE Klaipėda State Seaport Authority dispatcher got a notification from SE KSSA VTS which had received a notice from the pilot of a ship „Magdalena“ that a tug-boat „Barta“, belonging to Klaipėda Stevedoring Company, when taking away the tightrope, ran against the bow of a ship „Magdalena“ (flying Malta flag), capsized and sank. During the collision a hole was punched on the side of a tug-boat.  
 
Three members of the crew were on board of a tug-boat during the accident, one of them managed to save himself: SE KSSA belonging rescue cuter „Zaibas“ came to the place of accident and took him out of water. Unfortunately, the lives of the captain and a sailor were not saved. 
 
The divers of UAB „Garant“ lifted up the tug-boat „Barta“ on the 12th of April 2008. Presently responsible institutions investigate the reasons of the accident.   
   
 
 
SE Klaipėda State Seaport Authority 
Head of Marketing Department 
Kristina Gontier
tel. + 370 46 499 624, mob. + 370 620 43192
 
 
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