Coast Guard responding to motor vessel aground in Delaware Bay

5th Coast Guard District News
PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is responding to a grounded motor vessel Tuesday near Miah Maull Shoal in Delaware Bay.

A crewmember aboard the 470-foot motor vessel Santa Lucia contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at about 4:30 a.m. to report the grounding. The ship ran aground while inbound to Philadelphia. The ship’s cargo is reported to be fresh produce.

The Coast Guard, along with New Jersey and Delaware state government officials, are working closely with the ship owner’s salvage team to evaluate the situation and safely refloat the ship.

“Our first priority is to ensure the safety of the crew, the vessel, and the environment especially in the current weather conditions,” said Capt. Kathy Moore, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “We are also investigating the cause of the grounding.”

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