On January 23, the 50 foot long fishing vessel Tamara became disabled off Block Island, Rhode Island. The Tamara requested assistance after its navigation equipment had failed while in strong winter storm with winds reaching 55 knots and 4 meter high waves. The Coast Guard dispatched a response boat, motor lifeboat and helicopter to the scene. The response boat arrived on scene and was able to attach a towline to the Tamara. Both vessels proceeded to Newport and arrived later the same day. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
On March 23, the 38 foot long fishing vessel More Misery became disabled near Block Island off Newport, Rhode Island. The vessel had suffered water ingress and the two crew requested assistance. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter and two 45-foot response boats to the scene. The response boat arrived on scene and safely transferred the crew aboard. The Coast Guard placed dewatering pumps on to the More Misery and safely towed the fishing vessel to Newport. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
The 55 foot long tugboat Karen Jean sank off Point Judith, Rhode Island. The tug was pushing a 110 foot long barge with a cargo of crane parts when it developed a list due to bad weather. A Nor’easter had developed with 8 foot waves and wind gusts reaching 40 knots. The tug list worsened and suffered water ingress. The vessel quickly began to sink only allowing enough time for the 4 crew on board to send out a distress call and abandon ship into a life raft. Without survival suits, the crew held onto the life raft when the nearby fishing vessel Merit came to their aid. No reports of injuries to the 4 crew. The Karen Jean sank in 88 feet of water with its towline still attached. Reports state the owners will dispatch another tug to the scene to recover the barge and will salvage the Karen Jean.
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