Container Ship & Fishing Trawler Collide, 13 Rescued

Container Ship & Fishing Trawler Collide, 13 Rescued
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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.

A Coast Guard Station Chincoteague boat crew safely transfers crewmembers of the Tremont. All 13 crew were safely rescued with no reported injuries. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Chincoteague.

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…

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