Friday, 21 March 2014 08:50

Crew members airlifted from handymax grounded off Newfoundland

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All 23 crew members were airlifted to safety from a Handymax bulk carrier John 1 after the ship ran aground last weekend off the south coast of Newfoundland. The Joint Rescue Coordination Center Halifax dispatched a Cormorant helicopter from 103 Squadron in Gander to the scene approximately 1.6 km from Rose Blanche at about 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon.The vessel was on passage from Montreal to Spain when she lost power on Friday morning. The CCGS Earl Grey attempted several times to connect a tow line to the vessel to prevent it from running aground.

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Overnight Sunday/Monday, shifting winds freed the vessel from her grounded position and she was taken to a safe anchorage where a salvage team boarded to help decide on next steps.

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