Yesterday at about 5 AM, the offshore vessel Beaufort suffered a complete failure of the engine and lost all its electricity. The incident happened north of Borkum Island two days after the ship had left Helgoland (Germany). The vessel went adrift in rough seas (wave height of 5 meters) and heavy winds.
The Helgoland Naval Base dispatched a MK-41, seeking helicopter, which rescued the 5 crew members. After two hours, they were safely transferred to Norddeich. Later on Monday, another helicopter was dispatched to the area. It carried a team of four men which were dropped off onto Beaufort. The rescue team dropped the anchor and managed to stop the drift of the abandoned vessel.
The bad weather halted the attempts of the team to tow the offshore vessel to a tug. Neuwerk, a multi purpose ship, Nordic, an emergency tug, and Arion, a tug, have been dispatched to the area from Helgoland.
The rescue team managed to connect Beaufort to Arion, but the towing wire broke up in the rough seas. Still, Beaufort is anchored 18 nautical miles from Borkum. The Neuwerk was replaced by Millenum, Nordic is still in the scene. The cause of the incident are under investigation.
Beaufort (IMO number 8895097 and MMSI 211206590) is registered in Germany. The 179-ton ship was built in 1969. Current position of Beaufort.