Distress Signal by Email

A Flying a flag upside down.  Send up a flare with the flare gun.  An S.O.S. message over the wireless.  A call from the satellite phone.  Email?!

The 71-foot fishing vessel Nordic Viking became disabled off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey after suffering engine problems.   Thethree men on board were concerned as heavy fog rolled in.   So, they sent an email out to The Lobster House Fish House in Cape May and asked them to contact the Coast Guard of their situation.   The 210 foot Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous was sent out and took the Nordic Viking under tow.    The Nordic Viking was brought back to the Cape May Harbour.  No reports of injuries or pollution being released.

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Sternwheeler Aground

The sternwheeler Willamette Queen was reported aground on the Willamette River south of Salem, Oregon.   The vessel was travelling between Independance and Salem when it struck a gravel bar.   Eight passengers were safely rescued by the local marine patrol.   No reports of injuries.

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