The Coast Guard rescued three mariners from a disabled, 108-foot barge off Point Judith, Rhode Island, November 25, 2020. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Mariners Rescued from Disabled Barge Off Rhode Island

Mike Schuler
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November 25, 2020

Three mariners were rescued from a disabled barge off the coast of Point Judith, Rhode Island on Wednesday after their tug sank.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call at 8:17 a.m. via VHF Channel 16 from the tug Warthog, reporting their vessel was taking on water with a barge in tow.

A Coast Guard Station Point Judith 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew immediately launched and when they arrived on scene the tug was completely submerged and all three of the tug’s crew members were on the barge.

The RB-M crew rescued them and transported them back to the station with no injuries.

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

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

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