Just last week, the 126-foot tugboat Viking was pushing a barge loaded with barrels of gasoline, when an engine fire erupted. The Coast Guard, along with crews from Rhode Island and Massachusetts, responded to distress calls from the disabled tug where it sat helplessly stuck 18 miles east of Rhode Island. The vessel’s onboard fixed firefighting system was able to extinguish the fire, but the 10-person crew was left stranded several miles offshore. The captain was able to signal the Coast Guard station at Woods Hole, MA at approximately 3:30 p.m., and two relief tugs were dispatched to the scene. It was many long hours before rescuers could get the disabled tug back to port under escort by another tug, the Sebine, that evening. Luckily, it has been confirmed that none of the crew were injured, and no pollution was released into the water as a result of the accident….
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Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S. in area, but is the second most densely populated of all 50 states, second only to New Jersey. Rhode Island borders Connecticut and Massachusetts and shares a water boundary with Long Island in New York. One of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island has a rich colonial history and is nicknamed “The Ocean State.” Rhode Island has several bays and beaches, including Narragansett Bay and Block Island, about 12 miles off the mainland. Within the Bay, over 30 islands exist, the largest of which is Aquidneck Island. Rhode Island’s economic history lies in fishing and to this day many fishermen work and make a living in the state, as well as ferry workers. Rhode Island is also well-known for its seafood, especially its famous clam chowder. Rhode Island’s fishing industry provides a variety of fish, mollusks and shellfish to the U.S.,…
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