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2 Tanker Crewmen Hurled into Ocean While Repairing Lifeboats

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The 751-foot crude oil tanker, Chemtrans Nova, formerly known as Sharon Sea. (Photo: vesselfinder.com) The 751-foot crude oil tanker, Chemtrans Nova, formerly known as Sharon Sea. (Photo: vesselfinder.com)

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (WBOC/AP)- The U.S. Coast Guard says two crewmen repairing lifeboats on an oil tanker were hurled into the ocean when one of the boats launched itself off the ship.

The Coast Guard said in a release the crewmen were 70 miles (113 kilometers) off the coast of Chincoteague, Va., on Wednesday, aboard the Chemtrans Nova (formerly known as the Sharon Sea). The Coast Guard cutter Reliance, a 210-foot ship, was on patrol about  20 miles (32 kilometers) away and rushed to the scene. One man was pulled off the lifeboat, while the other was pulled out of the ocean.           

Both men were injured, one suffering a broken leg.

A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon airplane crew assisted by providing communication relay support over the long distance as an Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched to medevac the men.

They were taken to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital for additional care. Their current conditions are unclear.           

It is also unclear for how long they awaited rescue. The ship was delayed by five hours.            

“The Navy was very helpful. After they overheard the broadcast, they helped locate the men in the water and stayed on scene until the nearby Coast Guard cutter arrived,” said Chief Petty Officer Josh French, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector Hampton Roads. “It was definitely a collaborative effort to rescue them. They were fortunate things fell in place, with everyone being close by.”

The Chemtrans Nova sails under the flag of Liberia, and was bound for a Caribbean island from Philadelphia.

 

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