Coast Guard continues response to disabled merchant vessel

KEY WEST, Fla. — The Coast Guard is continuing its rescue efforts for a disabled container ship Monday southwest of Marathon.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West received a call from the vessel at 4:27 p.m. Sunday stating the 396-foot container ship Kaylebah had suffered an engine casualty and was adrift approximately 35 miles southwest of Marathon. Coast Guard Cutter Decisive arrived on scene late Sunday night and took the Kaylebah in tow early Monday morning.

The Kaylebah, homeported in Antigua, Barbuda was transporting fruit from Guatemala to Miami when the engine casualty occurred.

Coast Guard personnel in Key West and Miami are coordinating with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive to render assistance and tow the vessel to safety. Coast Guard personnel, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will continue to monitor the situation in order to protect the environment from any damage.

The Coast Guard is working with salvage companies to bring the vessel into port to begin repairs and will also lead a marine casualty investigation of this incident.

The Decisive is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Pascagoula, Miss.

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