On Wednesday Nov
25 morning, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued three crewmembers from a small barge
after their tug sank off Point Judith, Rhode Island.
At about 0815
hours, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a
VHF mayday call from the tug Warhawk. The crew reported that their vessel was
taking on water, and it had a barge in tow.
The tug was completely submerged and all three Warhawk crewmembers
were on the barge
A Coast Guard
Station Point Judith response boat crew launched to assist. A Coast Guard Air
Station Cape Cod helicopter crew and the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Coho
also launched to assist. When the response boat arrived on scene,
the tug was completely submerged and all three Warhawk crewmembers were on the
barge. The boat crew rescued them and transported them back to the station. No
injuries were reported.
Coast Guard working to salvage the tug and barge
issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners about the
potential hazard to navigation. The Coast Guard is working with the Warhawk's
owner to salvage the tug and barge.