The 70 foot long fishing vessel Edna May collided with the 184 meter long, 37456 dwt tanker Iver Prosperity 25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The tanker was heading for Providence loaded with a cargo of petroleum when it struck the Edna May. The Edna May sustained minor cosmetic damage while the tanker showed hull damage along the starboard section. The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident and dispatched the Coast Guard cutter Coho to the scene. The Coho escorted the Edna May back to port in Tiverton. The Iver Prosperity proceed to Providence where it will be surveyed for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On January 9, the 62 foot long tugboat Gulf Man sank 6 miles northeast of Andros Island, Bahamas. The Gulf Man with a barge under tow departed from Miami bound for the Bahamas when it sprung a leak. With the crew unable to control the flooding, the vessel began to sink. The Coast Guard received an alert from the Gulf Man‘s emergency position tracking radio beacon (EPIRB) and launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene. The helicopter arrived on scene and hoisted all three crew off the sinking tug. No reports of injuries. The helicopter flew the crew to Nassau, Bahamas. No further details reported.
On December 9, the 88 foot long fishing vessel Sea Angels ran aground in Browns Inlet, North Carolina. The fishing vessel had suffered mechanical failure and went adrift. The crew sent out a distress call requesting assistance from the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot response boat along with a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the scene and hoisted all four crewmen to safety off the Sea Angels. No reports of injuries.
Authorities state the Sea Angels went ashore in an area used by the United States Marine Corps for live-fire training. Since the 1940s, Browns Inlet has been prohibited due to the presence of unexploded ordnance scattered on the seafloor making salvage extremely dangerous.
Reports state the owners of the Sea Angels has hired a contractor to remove fuel off the fishing vessel. Authorities estimate 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel needs to be removed off the Sea Angels.