Coast Guard to retrieve barge near Walsey Creek in Queenstown, Md.

Coast Guard District 5 NewsBALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is responding to a barge that broke away from a Coast Guard cutter during a storm here Wednesday.

The 100-foot barge was alongside the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin that was anchored approximately 3 miles north of the Chester River when it broke free at approximately 10 p.m. and drifted toward Winchester Creek and Walsey Creek near Queenstown.

No one was injured during the incident. The barge is carrying 25 seasonal buoys and poses no threat to the environment.

The Coast Guard issued a safety marine information broadcast after the barge broke free and continues to broadcast the alert every 30 minutes on VHF-FM channel 16.

The crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Sledge, homeported in Baltimore, and William Tate, homeported in Philadelphia, are on scene responding to refloat the barge and take it in tow.

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