On December 7, the fishing vessel Bald Eagle II ran aground off Southern Shores, North Carolina. The vessel had dropped anchor when rough seas caused the vessel to drift ashore. The crew requested assistance and the Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter from Elizabeth City and a vessel from Oregon Inlet to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene first and was able to rescue all 4 crew off the vessel to safety. No reports of injuries.
The Bald Eagle II remained aground for several days until it was refloated on December 15. The tug John Joseph was able to pull the fishing vessel free with the assistance of a backhoe which cleared out sand away from the hull. No reports of pollution released.
The fishing vessel Miss Jenna ran aground in Vineyard Sound on Lobsterville Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Miss Jenna was heading back to port during the early morning hours when it passed the anchored Coast Guard cutter Sanibel. The Sanibel tried to hail the fishing vessel as it passed nearby but there was no response. The Miss Jenna continued to steam until it ran aground in the sand some 20 feet from the shoreline. The Coast Guard launched the 24-foot boat along with the 47 foot motor lifeboat to the assess the situation. The Coast Guard arrived and made “a heck of noise” to get their attention as the fishing vessel’s engine was still engaged. The crew of the Miss Jenna were asleep including the crewman at the helm.
The Coast Guard boarded the Miss Jenna and assisted in refloating the fishing vessel. The vessels proceeded into Menemsha Harbor where it moored. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The local police along with the Coast Guard inspected the vessel and gave the crew sobriety tests which came back negative. Reports state the captain of the Miss Jenna was given multiple citations.
The 9 meter long towboat Miss Odessa with six barges ran aground on the Atchafalaya River near Berwick Louisiana. The Miss Odessa was travelling south with six barges loaded with rock when it struck bottom turning at the entrance of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. While refloating itself, the Miss Odessa put too much strain on one of the barges, ACL 01700, causing the hopper barge to break-in-two and sink.
The Miss Odessa alerted the Coast Guard who dispatched a marine inspection team to the scene. The Coast Guard arrived on scene and found the Miss Odessa and the remaining five barges had no damage. A towing company was hired to help salvage the sunken barge. No reports of injuries or pollution released.