13 rescued from sinking vessel near Chincoteague

1280 Vessel Rescue

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard and two good Samaritans rescued a total of 13 people from a sinking commercial fishing vessel early Friday morning approximately 63 miles southeast of Chincoteague.

We’re told at around 2 am., watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Virginia received a mayday relay call from good Samaritan vessel RV Atlantis stating that the 115-foot commercial fishing vessel Tremont and the 1000-foot Panamanian-flagged container vessel, MSC Rita, reportedly collided. The vessel reported that they were taking on water and sinking with 13 people aboard.

The watchstanders directed the launch of two Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina aircraft, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew, a Coast Guard Station Chincoteague 47-foot Motor Life Boat boatcrew, as well as diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch to assist. The good Samaritan vessel, Drystan, arrived on scene and rescued 12 Tremont crewmembers, and the helicopter crew hoisted the captain.

The crewmembers were taken to the station with no reported injuries. The fishing vessel captain was taken to Coast Guard Sector Virginia with no reported injuries.

The cause of the crash is being investigated.

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