US Coast Guard monitors recovery of sunken tug near Cape Henlopen, Delaware

Cape Henlopen State Park (Photo: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control)

The US Coast Guard is overseeing the salvage and recovery of the tug Miss Aida, which sank approximately two nautical miles north of Cape Henlopen State Park on Monday, December 14.

At 17:50 local time on Monday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Command Center received a radio transmission from the tug Dory, which was towing Miss Aida.

Dory‘s crew reported a wave had broken the windshield of Miss Aida, causing it to sink.

Members of the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – Natural Resources Police, and the University of Delaware were able to locate Miss Aida using sidescan sonar.

Recovery operations have been hampered due to the winter storm causing hazardous maritime conditions in the area but are expected to resume once conditions improve.

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