The 140 foot long United States Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay was beset by ice nearby. The Bristol Bay was outside Ashtabula attempting to reach Cleveland to refuel and provision the cutter before heading to help the Anderson. However, the cutter spent several days battling the ice and found itself running low on food. A helicopter was dispatched to drop food to the cutter.
The 234 foot long Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Griffon was requested to assist both vessels. Stationed in Prescott, Ontario, the Griffon was asked to proceed to help free the Bristol Bay and clear a path to Cleveland. Afterwards, the Griffon was to continue to break a path to Conneaut to free the Arthur M. Anderson.
The 32 foot fishing vessel Just In Time suffered water ingress in Bristol Bay off Dillingham, Alaska. The vessel sent out a mayday requesting assistance. The Alaskan State Troopers patrol vessels responded to the scene. They providing a dewatering pump and damage control kit while escorting the fishing vessel back to Dillingham. No reports of injuries to the 4 crew on board.
The 43 meter long United States Coast Guard icebreaker tugboat Bristol Bay suffered a fire while on the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. The fire started in the Bristol Bay’s smoke stack while the vessel was conducting a training exercise. The vessel dropped anchor while the crew sprayed water into the stack until the blaze was extinguished. No reports of injuries and the vessel suffered only minimal damage. The Bristol Bay primary responsibility is opening and maintaining shipping lanes in the Great Lakes.