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Video shows crew boat hitting La. jetty

Mar 8, 2017 06:13 PM

Miss Lynda is damaged 5 feet above the waterline in the incident near Cameron Parish

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(LAKE CHARLES, La.) — Coast Guard crews and salvage crews from McKinney Salvage & Heavy Lift Inc. coordinated efforts to free a grounded crew boat off the West Cameron jetties on Thursday.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles marine safety personnel responded to the 120-foot grounded crew vessel, Miss Lynda, after it ran aground on the jetties Wednesday morning. At 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Miss Lynda was refloated and removed from the jetty utilizing the vessel's own propulsion, air bags to restore buoyancy in the damaged compartment, and assistance from Sally D. Miss Lynda was able to proceed to Cameron to offload cargo before safely transiting to Gulf Island Shipyard in Lake Charles for dry-dock repairs.

MSU Lake Charles led response and investigation efforts with the aid of Coast Guard Station Lake Charles, Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office, Coast Guard MSU Port Arthur, and Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston.

There were no injuries to the seven people aboard the vessel, and no pollution occurred during the incident, salvage or transit. Four passengers were removed from the vessel by Sally D, a utility ship, on Wednesday. The three crewmembers remained on board Miss Lynda throughout the incident. The ship was carrying construction cargo and had 4,300 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of oil products aboard.

There was no impact to vessel traffic in the Calcasieu Ship Channel. The investigation into the cause of the incident is ongoing.

PREVIOUS REPORT

(CAMERON PARISH, La.) — Coast Guard crews are coordinating salvage efforts for a ship aground off the West Cameron jetties on Wednesday.

At 7:20 a.m., Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur, Texas, personnel overheard that Miss Lynda, a 120-foot offshore supply vessel, had run aground. Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles incident response personnel deployed with Station Lake Charles boat crews to investigate the damage and determine the best method of salvage. There were no injuries to the four passengers and three crew aboard the ship, and no pollution was reported. The salvage company is still being determined.

The four passengers were transited off of the ship by Sally D, a utility ship. The three crewmembers remained on Miss Lynda.

The ship was carrying construction cargo and had 4,300 gallons of fuel and 100 gallons of oil products aboard. Damage to the ship was reported 5 feet above the waterline, and the ship did not take on any water.

There has been no impact to traffic in the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

To view a KPLC News video of the OSV hitting the jetty, click here.

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