Fishing vessel sinks after colliding with Virginia pilot boat Ship’s crew

A fishing vessel has sunk after colliding with a pilot boat on the James River in Virginia Harbor Tuesday morning.

The US Coast Guard said they were alerted at 7:50 a.m. that the pilot boat, Fastand a 38 foot deadrise style fishing vessel, Miss Heatherhad collided near the Newport News Small Boat Harbor near the Newport News Channel.

The two fishermen from Miss Heather were taken on board Fast on land as the fishing vessel quickly took on water.

A 45 foot rescue boat – medium sized from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth and a lifeboat crew from the Newport News Fire Department were dispatched to the rescue. Firefighters marked the area with a red buoy and most recently reported that the fishing vessel broke apart and drifted.

The Portsmouth Station boat crew escorted the pilot boat into port, where rescuers from the Rescue Service were already waiting to examine the crew of the fishing boat.

No injuries were reported.

There is no information yet on the cause of the collision.

The Coast Guard coordinates with the US Army Corps of Engineers to recover the sunken ship.

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