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News Release

November 13, 2012

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs


Office: (757) 398-6272

Coast Guard responds to aground barge near Norfolk, Va.

The Coast Guard is responding to an aground 40-foot barge and 20-foot tug near Ocean View in Norfolk, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Coast Guard personnel from Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads are working with the owner of the vessel to provide an acceptable salvage plan to remove the tug and barge from the beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is responding Tuesday to a grounded 26-foot tug and 60-foot barge near Ocean View in Norfolk.

The Coast Guard was notified at approximately 9 a.m. that the construction tug and barge were aground with two people aboard.

The Virginia Beach and Norfolk Fire Departments responded to assist the crewmembers aboard by providing first aid and transport to an awaiting ambulance crew.

"The Coast Guard, while assessing the situation on scene, is working with the vessel's owner to ensure that an acceptable salvage plan is submitted and approved that will lead to the safe removal of the grounded tug and barge from the beach," said Capt. John Little, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. "Special thanks to the Virginia Beach and Norfolk Fire Rescue units for providing swift action to assist the two crewmembers aboard the barge who were showing signs of hypothermia due to exposure to the 54 degree water and 49 degree air temperature while trying to remove equipment from the barge in the surf line. Weather conditions observed today contribute to the onset of hypothermic conditions and serve as a reminder to dress appropriately when working on or around the water."

The barge is carrying dredge equipment.

The cause of the grounding is under investigation, and there are no signs of pollution.

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