Cutter Morro Bay Collision Update

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is continuing its investigation into the collision that occurred today three miles north of Block Island, R.I., between the 140-foot buoy tender Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay and a Block Island ferry.

The cause of the collision is still being determined at this time. Coast Guard investigators are interviewing both the crew of the Morro Bay and the ferry. Drug and alcohol tests are being conducted on ferry and Coast Guard crewmembers.

The commanding officer of the Morro Bay, Lt. Douglas Wyatt, took command of the Morro Bay in a change of command ceremony in Newport, R.I., Tuesday. The Morro Bay was headed back to its homeport in New London, Conn., following the ceremony when the collision occurred.

Wyatt enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1978 and was the officer in charge of the 65-foot ice-breaking tug Coast Guard Cutter Hawser and was the executive petty officer on the 65-foot ice-breaking tug Coast Guard Cutter Wire. He was also the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Fire Island, NY, and the executive petty officer of Station Castle Hill in Narragansett, R.I.

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