The Coast Guard assisted the crew of a bulk carrier ship after it ran aground about 2.5 miles east of Virginia Beach, Thursday morning.

US Coast Guard assists aground cargo ship near Virginia Beach, Va.
Caption: The JSW Salem sits aground after it ran aground about 2.5 miles east of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jan. 10, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Reynolds)

Crew members aboard the JSW Salem, a 958-foot bulk carrier, contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders in Portsmouth after the ship ran aground near Cape Henry Buoy #4.

The ship’s crew reported there were 120,000 metric tons of coal and 26 people aboard the ship.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek launched and arrived on scene to assist. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, also launched to conduct an overflight of the scene.

The JSW Salem was able to refloat with the rising tide and the RB-M crew escorted the ship to an anchorage about 1 mile off Virginia Beach.

“Our top priority is always the safety of life,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “Preserving the environment and protecting maritime commerce are also some of our top priorities. We are pleased there were no injuries or pollution reported during this incident, and I applaud our Coast Guard crews and first responders that sprang into action to successfully resolve this incident.”

The cause of the grounding is being investigated by the Coast Guard.

Source: USCG