Coast Guard responds to vessel aground in Magothy River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard responded to a 709-foot car carrier that ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay near the lower Craighill Channel in Annapolis, Md., Sunday.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a call at 7:00 a.m., from a crew member aboard the Repubblica Di Roma, an Italian flagged vessel, reporting that the vessel had lost electrical power and drifted soft aground while transiting inbound to the Port of Baltimore. Two tugboats from McAllister Towing arrived on scene and were able to free the vessel. The vessel is now en route to Annapolis Anchorage in Annapolis where Coast Guard marine inspectors and investigation officers will conduct an investigation into the incident.

There are no reports of injuries or pollution.

“The Coast Guard is taking precautionary actions to ensure there are no safety or pollution threats prior to allowing the ship into Baltimore,” said Cmdr. Brian Penoyer, the executive officer at Sector Baltimore.

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