The 31 meter long tugboat Thomas Dann caught fire off Marineland near Jacksonville, Florida. The crew alerted the Coast Guard that the tug was on fire. The crew was able to decouple the tug from the barge before the blaze force the crew to abandon ship into the vessel’s life raft. The six crew were later picked up by a nearby fishing boat. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene and was monitoring the area until a fireboat from Jacksonville could arrive on site. No reports of injuries.
On February 11, the 41 foot long United States Navy patrol vessel 414 ran aground on the southern jetty at the entrance to St. Johns River near Jacksonville, Florida. The patrol vessel was returning from patrol and proceeding to the Mayport Naval Station when it ran onto the jetty. The five crew on board the 414 were uninjured and rescuers were able to bring the crew ashore safely. The patrol vessel sustained hull damage and water ingress. Reports state salvage efforts were underway.
The 59 foot long supply vessel Endeavour ran aground in St. Lucie Inlet off Sewall’s Point, Florida. The supply vessel was being used to bring aid to Haiti when it ran aground. The Endeavour later partially sank on the following high tide and released some of its 2000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. A light sheen was visible around the vessel. Authorities have contracted a salvage firm to raise the vessel and handle pollution cleanup. No reports of injuries to the five persons on board.