Three rescued from barge after tug sinks off Rhode Island

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(BOSTON) — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners from a disabled 108-foot barge off Point Judith, R.I., on Wednesday.

At 8:17 a.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., received a call via VHF Channel 16 from the tug Warthog, reporting their vessel was taking on water and had a barge in tow.

A Coast Guard Station Point Judith 45-foot response boat-medium crew immediately launched to assist. When they arrived on scene, the tug was completely submerged and all three Warthog crewmembers were on the barge. The RB-M crew rescued them and safely transported them back to the station. No injuries were reported.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Coho (WPB 87321), an 87-foot patrol boat home-ported in New London, Conn., also launched to assist.

Watch standers have issued an urgent marine information broadcast notice to mariners.

The Coast Guard is working with Warthog’s owner to salvage the tug and barge.

The weather on scene was 5-mph winds and seas 3 to 5 feet.

– U.S. Coast Guard

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U.S. Coast Guard photo
By Professional Mariner Staff