Coast Guard assisting grounded freighter

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is assisting a freighter that ran aground in the east passage of Narragansett Bay, R.I., today, after the vessel dragged its anchor.

The 388-foot Netherlands-flagged freighter, Alexandergracht, carrying a cargo of yachts and scrap metal, contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England around 12:50 p.m., requesting assistance.
A 41-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, R.I., and Coast Guard marine inspectors are currently on scene with the vessel. Commercial tugs Rainbow and Reliance are also on scene.

There have not been any reports of damage or pollution from the vessel.

The vessel was able to re-float itself at high tide and will now be taken to a safe location in the east passage so that inspectors can check for damage. One of the tugs will stay with the vessel.

“We are taking every precaution to ensure there is minimal impact to the environment and that the freighter and its crew are safe,” said Captain John Healey, acting captain of the port of Providence, R.I.

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