Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Back in Port After Taking on Water Off Newfoundland

Mike Schuler
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February 9, 2018

Photo: Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard patrol cutter CCGS Cygnus arrived safely into St. John’s today following reports that it was taking on water a few hundred miles off the coast of Newfoundland.

The Canadian Coast Guard confirmed via Twitter that the CCGS experienced water ingress on Thursday while approximately 260 nautical miles east of Newfoundland.

The vessel was reported to be in stable condition and the crew is safe. However, the incident forced the vessel back to St. John’s under its own power, accompanied by an escort by the Canadian offshore tug Atlantic Kingfisher. The CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell was also sent to accompany the ship back.

On Friday, the Canadian Coast Guard reported that the CCGS Cygnus had arrived in St. John’s.

“We’re happy to report that CCGS Cygnus arrived in St. John’s early this morning & is secured to dock. #BravoZulu to the crew for their exceptional work & professionalism to ensure a safe return. Work will begin immediately to determine the cause of the water ingress & next steps,” the Coast Guard said in a tweet.

The extent of the water ingress and additional details about the incident were not immediately as of Friday.

The CCGS Cygnus is a Cape Roger-class fisheries patrol vessel built in 1981. 

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