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Disabled Coast Guard vessel anchored safely, says DFO


The Coast Guard icebreaker Ann Harvey safely anchored in Connoire Bay this morning after striking a rock near Burgeo yesterday, says a Department of Fisheries and Oceans news release issued this afternoon.

“The crew is doing well,” says the release.

The Coast Guard ship Louis S. St-Laurent is providing on-scene command and support to the Ann Harvey and to dive team operations. The Coast Guard vessel Charlottetown is also supporting operations.

 “A  Canadian Navy dive team is on scene preparing to conduct diving operations to assess the damage and determine what repairs can be carried out on-site,” says DFO.

“It is anticipated that diving operations will begin early this afternoon. A second Canadian Navy dive team with an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV) will arrive this afternoon.”

Capt. Jim Chimel, superintendent of the Coast Guard Regional Operations Centre in St. John’s, spoke with The Telegram Wednesday.

He said the icebreaker’s steel hull was punctured after it hit a rock.

The vessel was doing work on navigational buoys in the area when it hit.

The rock punched a hole into the propulsions motor room, which means the ship is without propulsion.

The crew of 26 remain on board while two cadets, considered non essential employees, were transferred ashore Wednesday.

The DFO release says weather conditions are favourable; however a weather system moving into the area for the next 24 hours may have an effect on operations Friday.

  Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Operations Centre, the Department of National Defence and the Joint Rescue and Co-ordination Centre continue to co-operate with ongoing operations.

“The crew is doing well,” says the release.

The Coast Guard ship Louis S. St-Laurent is providing on-scene command and support to the Ann Harvey and to dive team operations. The Coast Guard vessel Charlottetown is also supporting operations.

 “A  Canadian Navy dive team is on scene preparing to conduct diving operations to assess the damage and determine what repairs can be carried out on-site,” says DFO.

“It is anticipated that diving operations will begin early this afternoon. A second Canadian Navy dive team with an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV) will arrive this afternoon.”

Capt. Jim Chimel, superintendent of the Coast Guard Regional Operations Centre in St. John’s, spoke with The Telegram Wednesday.

He said the icebreaker’s steel hull was punctured after it hit a rock.

The vessel was doing work on navigational buoys in the area when it hit.

The rock punched a hole into the propulsions motor room, which means the ship is without propulsion.

The crew of 26 remain on board while two cadets, considered non essential employees, were transferred ashore Wednesday.

The DFO release says weather conditions are favourable; however a weather system moving into the area for the next 24 hours may have an effect on operations Friday.

  Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Operations Centre, the Department of National Defence and the Joint Rescue and Co-ordination Centre continue to co-operate with ongoing operations.

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