Coast Guard responds to disabled tug 18 miles east of Block Island

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The Coast Guard responded to reports of a disabled tug 18 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, were notified at approximately 3:30 p.m., Sunday, of an engine fire aboard the 126-foot tug Viking.

The vessel’s on board fixed fire-fighting system was able to extinguish the fire, leaving the vessel disabled with 10 people aboard.

Responding were crews from:

Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, Rhode Island

Coast Guard Station Point Judith, Rhode Island

Coast Guard Station Menemsha, Massachusetts

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cranston Fire and Rescue

North Kingston Fire Department

The owner of the tug dispatched two relief tugs to the scene. The Viking was able to restore their engines and are transiting to Buzzards Bay under escort by the tug Sebine.

None of the ten people aboard the tug were injured, and no pollution was released as a result of the fire.

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