Everyone is safe in what could have been a major ocean tragedy—thanks to fellow boaters and the Coast Guard coming to the rescue.
A 115-foot commercial fishing vessel, Tremont, and a 1,000-foot container vessel, the MSC Rita, apparently collided in the Atlantic about 63 miles southeast of Chincoteague.
F/V Tremont began to take on water and sink, according to the Coast Guard. The fishing boat made a mayday call to Coast Guard Sector Virginia around 2 a.m. Oct. 28. 13 people were aboard the sinking vessel.
USCG launched a helicopter, a Hercules plane, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, and also diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch to help.
Thankfully, the Research Vessel Atlantis, a Navy oceanographic research ship operated by the…