Update March 25
The Saba Conservation Foundation and the Public Entity of Saba have responded to the tragic events. Read their reaction here.
The Elsa stranded just south of the Ladder trail. Diesel is flowing from the vessel. A description of the vessel indicates that the fuel capacity of the Elsa is 43,000 liters. It is not known how much fuel was on board when the stranding happened. The fuel is spreading along the whole west coast of Saba. The odor can be smelled from the Ladder trail.
Original post March 23
Thursday morning the Research/Survey vessel Elsa ran ashore in Ladder Bay. Elsa is an 48 m vessel, gross tonnage of 353 t, registered in Bermuda. The conditions under which the vessel ran ashore are not yet know. Track information suggests that the vessel spent the night in the dedicated anchorage/mooring area in front of Ladder Bay.
It is the second ship that ran ashore in Ladder Bay within two weeks. Only last Saturday a French sailing yacht had been pulled off the rocks there.