12 crew from sinking cargo ship rescued in stormy waters
HAITI (AP) — The United States Coast Guard has rescued 12 people who abandoned their 212-foot cargo ship that began taking on water north of Haiti.
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Coast Guard officials in Miami say the rescue took place Thursday evening as the area experienced heavy weather caused by Hurricane Joaquin.
Officials say they received a message from the British coast guard about the Bolivian-flagged cargo ship Minouche. The message stated that the ship was listing and crew members were preparing to abandon it.
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The Coast Guard diverted a cutter and launched a helicopter. A good Samaritan vessel also diverted to the ship's last known position.
The good Samaritan ship located the crew members and the Coast Guard crew hoisted them into the helicopter and took them to Great Inagua, Bahamas. There were no major injuries reported. www.wsoctv.com/ne...
Crews Still Search For Ship Caught In Hurricane Joaquin
(CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard is scouring the Atlantic Ocean for a container ship from Jacksonville that was disabled near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas.
The U.S.-flagged ship named the “El Faro” has 33 crew members, including 28 U.S. citizens and five Polish nationals. The 735-foot ship was due in San Juan, Puerto Rico Friday.
“This vessel was disabled right near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin right next to where the strong winds are,” said Capt. Mark Fedor, who is Chief of Response for the Coast Guard 7th District Command Center in Miami.
Fedor told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “You would assume in very severe conditions with Joaquin with up to 140 mile per hour winds it could have destroyed all of the communications equipment. So we’re not able to communicate with them. That’s our biggest concern.”
The Coast Guard said the ship may be near Crooked Island in the Bahamas.
Fedor said the Coast Guard received an electronic distress alert that the ship had lost propulsion and had a 15-degree list. The crew reported that the ship had previously taken on water but that all the flooding had been contained.
“The challenge is when you are disabled at sea you are totally vulnerable to the sea state and there are 20 and 30 foot waves out there,” said Fedor. “We contacted the shipping agent for the vessel and they told us the vessel had taken on water on board through a hatch and they had a 15-degree list.”
That’s when the Coast Guard launched the search. At first, two Air Force C-130 hurricane hunters were used.
“As soon as we saw the hurricane moving north and we saw that this morning, we put a C-130 as close to the storm as possible,” said Fedor. “They’re a hurricane hunter aircraft and they were flying at 10,000 feet.”
The Coast Guard also launched an HC-130 air crew out of Clearwater, but rescue crews have not been able to make contact with the crew of the “El Faro.”
“They are flying down at 2,000 feet which is pushing the operational envelope of what they’re supposed to fly,” said Fedor. “They are pushing the safety limits to place eyes on the vessel using very sophisticated radar systems to penetrate the precipitation and the winds to locate the vessel.
“We are continuing to be as aggressive as we can and probe as much as we can to get to the vessel’s last known position. We are also working very closely with the ship agent, Tote Services who are dealing with the family members.”
Fedor hopes the intensive efforts will pay off in the search for the ship caught near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. Video on miami.cbslocal.co...
Bulk Carrier Spills Diesel in Oregon After Hitting Pier
Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier spilled over 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel after alliding with a pier in Astoria, Oregon early Friday.
The U.S. Coast Guard says it was alerted at approximately 12:55 a.m. that the 565-foot Global Gold allided with Pier 1 in the Port of Astoria, causing a 4-foot by 8-inch gash in the port side of the hull towards the stern.
By 3:30 a.m., the Clean Rivers Cooperative was mobilized and deployed boom around the vessel and pier. The vessel’s crew also applied oil-absorbent pads to a small area of land affected by the spill at the end of the pier.
Once the leak was secured, the vessel’s engineer and Coast Guard crews determined that a maximum 1,100 gallons had spilled.
A unified command has been established and is composed of the U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality and the Washington State Department of Ecology, as well as the responsible party.
A Coast Guard over-flight conducted by at 9 a.m. Friday confirmed that the spill was contained within the boom surrounding the vessel and pier.
“The quick response and notification of proper authorities by the crew of the M/V Global Gold prevented this spill from becoming a much more serious situation,” said Chief Petty Officer Brad Bennett, a pollution investigator with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “The unified command was established to deploy a safe and timely response to mitigate environmental damage, and this is a collaborative process with the responsible party, both states and the federal government.”
The vessel was scheduled to load lumber in the Port of Astoria for the next few days, and the vessel will be detained at its current location until repairs can be made.
The cause of the allision and ensuing spill is under investigation. https://gcaptain.com/bulk-carrier-spills-diesel-fuel-in-astoria-after-allision/#.Vg-VUt-vG9I