Posted on November 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The United States-flagged Tug, MISS BONNIE capsized during the morning hours of Sunday the 17th of November after colliding with a bridge in Oregon, US.
The incident occurred at approximately 11:00 am in the morning, near the Old Bonner Bridge at Oregon Inlet.
While not much information is known yet as to the cause behind the collision, early reports suggest that a large barge broke away from its mooring during a storm, sending the Miss Bonnie crashing against the bridge.
Following the collision, the tug began to sink, forcing the seafarers aboard to abandon the vessel.
Through the efforts of a good Samaritan vessel operating nearby, the eight crew members of the Miss Bonnie managed to successfully reach the shore, safe & unharmed.
However, on Monday, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) reported that a fuel spill had started to develop around the capsized tug.
In total, the potential discharge could reach a maximum of 6,000 gallons, although the USCG believes that no more than 3,000 gallons of fuel were on board the vessel at the time of the incident.
Containment booms have been deployed around the submerged vessel and a salvaging operation has been planned, which is expected to begin as soon as weather allows.