Lummetje, fishing cutter UK165 from Urk that sank in the North Sea west of Texel last week, got its net stuck on a shipwreck, according to Jouke Soelstra of rescue organization KNRM. The area around De Razende Bol sand bank is very treacherous due to the many shipwrecks there, he said to Noordhollands Dagblad.
The bodies of two men were found in sunken fishing cutter Lummetje in the North Sea early on Sunday afternoon. While official identification is still in progress, the victims are almost certainly 27-year-old Hendrik-Jan de Vries and 41-year-old Jochem Foppen, who disappeared with the Lummetje on Thursday. "It is good for the families that the uncertainty has come to an end", Mayor Ineke Bakker of Urk said in a statement, De Gelderlander reports.
Two rescue workers were injured during a search and rescue mission for a sunken fishing cutter and two missing sailors from Urk on the North Sea on Thursday. One of the two rescuers sustained "serious injuries" to his back, the other bruised his ribs. The search for the two missing sailors, identified as 41-year-old Jochem Foppen and 27-year-od Hendrik-Jan de Vries, was halted for Friday due to bad weather conditions.
The Netherlands Coastguard launched a massive search for a fishing boat from Urk on the North Sea near Texel on Thursday morning. The Zr.Ms. Makkum, a naval ship designed to search for sea mines, searched the area around where the boat disappeared with its sonar equipment and most likely located it, the Coastguard said. But due to the bad weather conditions, divers can not yet be sent in to confirm. There were two people on board the boat when it disappeared.
A body was found in the North Sea some 30 miles away from the coast on Sunday night. The body washed up at a drilling platform. Rescue company KNRM was deployed to collect the remains, RTL Nieuws reports.
The police were informed about the discovery, and a police detective accompanied the KNRM crew to the platform.
So far nothing is known about the victim's identity or cause of death. According to NH Nieuws, the victim is not an employee of the drilling platform.
The heat wave in the Netherlands last week resulted in a sharp increase in the number of calls to Dutch water rescue society KNRM. Volunteers were deployed on 160 calls for rescue operations or assistance last week, more than triple what is usual, KNRM spokesperson Kees Brinkman said to NOS.
Three men drowned on Sunday evening while swimming off the coasts of The Hague and Wassenaar. Emergency services received a report of a swimmer in trouble at the Zuiderstrand in The Hague at 18:30 p.m. At around the same time, there was also a report of two swimmers needing help at the Wassenaarse Slag in Wassenaar, the police said.
Dozens of volunteers, rescuers, and investigators from several organizations joined together on Friday morning trying to track down Anja Schaap. The 33-year-old redheaded-woman from Katwijk was last seen at about 1 a.m. on May 29 when she left a cafe in the town’s center.
Dutch rescue organization KNRM rescued a man on a self-made raft from the North Sea, off the coast of IJmuiden, on Sunday. .The organization believes the 26-year-old man from Eritrea was trying to sail from IJmuiden to England. He was transferred to the Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, NH Nieuws reports.
Rescue organization KNRM performed a rather odd rescue off the coast of Ameland on Tuesday afternoon. The rescue workers had to rescue a cow from the Wadden Sea. "Not an everyday job for the KNRM", the organization said on its website.
The cow was in the water near Ballumerbocht. It took the KNRM two lifeboats and over an hour to get the cow out of the water. Using one of the lifeboats, KNRM rescuers finally managed to pull the cow to the Wadden Sea dyke on Ameland, where she was pulled from the sea with a crane and placed on a cattle wagon.
Dutch rescue organization KNRM searched for hours for a missing crew member of a ship anchored off the coast or Rotterdam on Tuesday. Multiple lifeboats, helicopters and a Coast Guard plane were deployed in the search, but the man was not found.
After three hours of searching, the Coast Guard decided to halt the search. "The person was unfortunately not found. Given the circumstances, the chance of survival is zero." The KNRM calculated that the man could survive two hours in the icy water.
An hours long search for a missing boy on the IJsselmeer had a happy ending on Monday night. The 13-year-old from Urk was found alive and well on Houtribdijk near IJsselmeer, the Coast Guard said on Twitter.
The boy took a sloop onto the IJsselmeer from Urk early on Monday evening, according to NU.nl. When he did not return home, a large search involving a helicopter and multiple lifeboats from rescue organization KNRM was launched. The coast guard, a few fishing cutters, the fire brigade and the police also helped in the search.
A raft carrying ten people capsized on the waves on Terschelling on Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened at beach pole 8. Seven people had to be hospitalized, a spokesperson for rescue organization KNRM said to RTL Nieuws.
The victims were hypothermic and swallowed some water, the spokesperson said. "The emergency services determined that they could best be taken to the hospital." Three people were immediately taken to hospitals in Sneek and Leeuwarden with a lifeliner. The helicopter later came back for the others.
A large fire destroyed restaurant De Klok in the Noord-Holland village of Egmond aan Zee on Thursday afternoon. The fire department had to call in the help of rescue organization KNRM to supply additional extinguishing water from the sea, NU.nl reports.
Firefighters managed to prevent the fire spreading to other buildings. The fire department eventually decided to demolish the building, to make it easier to get to and extinguish the fire.
The fire caused a lot of smoke. An NL Alert was issued warning local residents to keep their windows and doors closed.
Warm summer weather had many Dutch seeking to cool down in the water this weekend. But that did not work out well for everyone. A man drowned in Amsterdam, in Hoofddorp a 4-year-old was resuscitated and rushed to hospital after being removed from a lake, a woman disappeared underwater in Nuenen, and two people are missing in Noordwijk.
A 9-year-old boy lost his hand in an accident on the Markermeer on Monday afternoon. The boy was swimming on the lake with friends, using a sailboat as a dive board. When the boy jumped, his hand got stuck somewhere on the boat and tore off, RTL Nieuws reports.
Exactly what went wrong is not yet clear. According to a spokesperson for rescue organization KNRM, eyewitnesses say the boy's hand got stuck on the rigging - a thick rope or steel wire that keeps the mast attached to the ship. The sailboat was about 15 kilometers from Enkuizen at the time.
Dutch firefighters had their hands full battling forest fires in the Noord-Brabant nature area Mariapeel and on Terschelling during the early hours of Friday morning. The fires in both areas are now under control, with occasional flare-ups. Firefighters and the Forestry Commission are monitoring the areas, keeping the edges around the fires wet so it can't spread, Omroep Brabant and NOS report.
Three members of the Rescue Brigade were rescued themselves on Wednesday night when their boat capsized off the Zeeland coast. They called the Coast Guard themselves, who sent a helicopter to search for them.
Rescue organization KNRM rescued 28 Belgian school children from a 52 meter long sailing ship in Vlieland on Tuesday after the ship got stranded. No one was injured, according to the KNRM.
Two men were arrested in Barendrecht on Tuesday in connection with the discovery of 1,200 kilograms of cocaine on a fishing boat in January. The men, a 41 year old from Winschoten and a 45 year old from Oldambt, are suspected of large-scale drug smuggling
Five sperm whales died on a Texel beach on Wednesday morning after washing ashore on Tuesday,
The coast guard and rescue brigade KNRM called off the rescue operation searching for the pilot of a small airplane that crashed into the North Sea near Petten on Monday afternoon. The coastguard assumes that he won't be found alive. The search for his body continues
A sailing yacht called Nenna with one person aboard went missing off the coast between Katwijk and Scheveningen on Wednesday. The Royal Dutch Rescue Company KNRM launched a search and managed to find the yacht with the captain on board and rushed him to the Erasmus hospital. He passed away in hospital, the KNRM announced on Thursday.
The Royal Dutch Rescue Society, the KNRM, launched a more than two hour long rescue mission on Thursday night searching for two missing kite surfers, who eventually turned out to not be missing after all.