USCG Responded To Disabled Tug 18 Mi East Of Block Island

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Sunday, June 08, 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of a disabled tug 18 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, were notified at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday, of an engine fire aboard the 126-foot tug Viking. 

The vessel’s on board fixed fire-fighting system was able to extinguish the fire, leaving the vessel disabled with 10 people aboard.
Responding were crews from:
Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island
Coast Guard Station Point Judith, Rhode Island
Coast Guard Station Menemsha, Massachusetts
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cranston Fire and Rescue
North Kingston Fire Department
 

The owner of the tug dispatched two relief tugs to the scene. The Viking was able to restore their engines and are transiting to Buzzards Bay under escort by the tug Sebine.

None of the ten people aboard the tug were injured, and no pollution was released as a result of the fire.







 


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