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Coast Guard crews rescue 13 from sinking ship after collision with a container vessel

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U.S. Coast Guard 5th District External Affairs/Courtesy Asset
U.S. Coast Guard 5th District External Affairs
The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued 13 people from the 115-foot fishing vessel, Tremont, Oct. 28, 2022 after the fishing vessel and a container vessel reportedly collided 63 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Virginia. All 13 crewmembers of the Tremont were safely rescued with no reported injuries. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.)

Rescue crews from North Carolina and Virginia worked with two other boats, Atlantis and Drystan, to rescue 13 people from a fishing boat that struck a container ship on Friday about 60 miles off the coast of Virginia on Friday.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call around 2 a.m. from crew members aboard the commercial fishing vessel who said their 115-foot boat, Tremont, was sinking after colliding with the 1,000-foot Panamanian-flagged container vessel MSC Rita.

No injuries were reported and coast guard officials say the cause of the collision is under investigation.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.