LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana – Coast Guard crews and salvage crews from McKinney Salvage & Heavy Lift, Inc., coordinated efforts to free a grounded crew boat off the West Cameron Jetties, Thursday.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles marine safety personnel responded to the 120-foot grounded crew vessel, Miss Lynda, after it ran aground on the jetties Wednesday morning. At 3:45 p.m. Thursday, the Miss Lynda was refloated and removed from the jetty utilizing the vessel’s own propulsion, air bags to restore buoyancy in the damaged compartment, and assistance from the tug Sally D. The Miss Lynda was able to proceed to Cameron to offload cargo before safely transiting to Gulf Island Shipyard in Lake Charles for drydock repairs.
MSU Lake Charles led response and investigation efforts with the aid of Coast Guard Station Lake Charles, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, and Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston.
There were no injuries to the seven persons aboard the vessel, and no pollution occurred during the incident, salvage, or transit. Four passengers were removed from the vessel by the Sally D, a utility ship on Wednesday. The three crew members remained onboard the Miss Lynda throughout the incident. The ship was carrying construction cargo and had 4,300 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of oil products aboard.
There was no impact to vessel traffic in the Calcasieu Ship Channel. The investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.