Coast Guard Station Ocean City Responds To Multiple Groundings

BALTIMORE – Members of Coast Guard Station Ocean City, Md., responded to two vessel grounding cases, each case within 12 hours from one another.

Thursday, at about 8 p.m., watch standers at Station Ocean City heard over the radio that the vessel Doris Jean, a 71-foot commercial fishing vessel, had suffered a steering casualty about one mile from Ocean City Inlet. A crew from the station launched a 47-foot rescue boat crew in response. The rescue crew found the Doris Jean and her crew of three soft aground near the mouth of the inlet. With the incoming tide threatening to push the Doris Jean onto the rocks, the decision was made to tow them to safety. The rescue crew towed the Doris Jean to a commercial fishing pier in west Ocean City.

Today, at about 7:30 a.m., watch standers once again were alerted to a vessel, which had run aground, by monitoring their live video feed of the inlet. The Sheila Renee, a 77-foot scalloper, was hard aground near the Route 50 bridge. Rescue crews from the station launched a 25-foot and a 47-foot rescue boat crew who were able to safely move the Sheila Renee off the rocks. The crew of the Sheila Renee made way under the boat’s own power to the Ocean City Marina.

“I believe it is imperative to check with the local fishing fleet to get local knowledge on the condition of the inlet,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Karpf, the officer of the day at Station Ocean City. “Taking this step could potentially save you a lot of trouble.”

No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of these groundings.

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