USA. Coast Guard assists 2 from grounded fishing vessel on St. Marys River

Thursday, 19 April 2012


A Coast Guard boatcrew assisted two people Thursday morning who were aboard a 48-foot commercial fishing vessel that ran aground near the north side of Neebish Island on the St. Marys River.

There were no injuries, and the vessel does not pose a hazard to maritime navigation.  The names of the crewmembers are not being released.

Watchstanders in the command center at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., were contacted on VHF-FM marine radio at 4:38 a.m. EST by a crewmember aboard, who stated that the vessel had run aground.  The fishing vessel crew stayed aboard and kept in radio contact with the Coast Guard as a Station Sault Ste. Marie rescue boatcrew launched aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium.  When the RB-M crew was unable to get on scene due to the shallow water, they launched aboard the station's 25-foot Response Boat-Small, arriving on scene at 8:02 a.m.

Once on scene, the boatcrew confirmed the vessel was not taking on water and there were no injuries.  A Sector Sault Ste. Marie pollution responder was also aboard and confirmed there was no pollution as a result of the grounding.

The station boatcrew brought both people back to shore at 9:53 a.m., releasing them in good health.  The vessel owners are currently coordinating commercial salvage.

Since the two people were prepared with a VHF marine radio, they were able to communicate their predicament to the Coast Guard. They had life jackets onboard the vessel, said Senior Chief Petty Officer Bradley Johnson, command duty officer at Sector Sault Ste. Marie Command Center.

The Coast Guard recommends that mariners take the time, prior to getting underway, to ensure they have all the equipment and knowledge to make for a safe outing.

"Take due caution, know your area and be prepared," said Johnson.

There are no photos or video from this case.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 )