Dramatic Recovery After Fire Breaks Out in Ship Off NL Coast
A dramatic offshore recovery effort, which played out off the south coast of the island is only now coming to light. A statement was released on the incident today from Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner, Jody Thomas. On Tuesday of last week, a fire broke out in the engine room of the merchant cargo ship the Thorco Crown off the southwest coast of Newfoundland.
13 people were on board the disabled vessel at the time. The Coast Guard arrived on the scene that day and ensured the safety and security of the crew.
The following day a private tug attempted to connect a tow line to bring it to port, but sea conditions prevented three separate efforts to connect a line. The Coast Guard ship the Sir William Alexander intervened as the vessel drifted closer to shore, and managed to connect a tow line in what are being called extreme weather conditions. The private tug took over on Thursday and managed to tow the vessel into Sydney, Nova Scotia.