Stricken barge carrier towed to safety off Norway

Stricken barge carrier towed to safety off Norway

A 263-meter Comoros-flagged barge carrier named the Tide Carrier is under tow and the ship is no longer in danger of grounding. The tow commenced at approximately 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

The ship had dragged anchor and drifted dangerously close to shore in heavy weather.

The vessel is the Tide Carrier.

According to reports, the vessel dragged anchor and suffered some kind of engine failure while off Feistein Fyr, located to the south of Bergen, Norway.

At one point the vessel came to within 100 meters shore before tugs were able to connect a line to it.

Five non-essential personnel had to be removed from the vessel by helicopter and, according to reports while 15 crew remained aboard along with two salvage personnel to prepare the vessel for a tow.

One of the crew members evacuated reportedly suffered a leg injury.

No pollution has been reported.