Dutch coaster Crown Mary stopped by helicopter to avoid grounding, Baltic
Dutch coaster Crown Mary was stopped short of running aground south of Kokar island, Finland, Baltic sea, by joint efforts of several involved states, on June 29 13 shortly before midnight, citing local media. The captain, who was steering the vessel, fell asleep, all the attempts to contact vessel, made by Finnish and Dutch MRCC, by Aland traffic control, by Coast Guards of Sweden and Finland, and by vessel’s operator, failed. It was a Finnish Coast Guard helicopter who prevented the grounding, raising the crew to the alarm by spotlighting the bridge. The Ukrainian master is believed to be intoxicated, he was taken to Marienhamn, Aland islands, for testing. Vessel continued voyage with pilot on board. As of 14:00 UTC June 30 vessel was under way in Gulf of Bothnia, sailing to port of destination Harnosand, Sweden.
AIS track shows that the vessel which was en route to Sweden coast changed course 90 degrees starboard and headed straight for the Aland islands. Why? Was it a fault of a person in charge on the bridge, or vessel had to take a pilot?