Non-essential crew airlifted to land
The future of a container ship off the coast of Newfoundland remained uncertain throughout much of Sunday.
About 11:30 a.m. (NST), Joint Task Force Atlantic received a call that the MSC Monterey was in distress 34 nautical miles off Portugal Cove South.
“There were reports that she had a problem with her hull and that she was in danger of breaking apart,” said Capt. Peter Ryan of JTF Atlantic.
Two Cormorant helicopters from 103 Squadron Gander were immediately deployed and arrived on the scene about 1:30 p.m. NST.
A Hercules aircraft was also deployed.
According to Ryan there were 24 people onboard. Four people described as non-essential crew were airlifted via Cormorant helicopter from the vessel and transported to a visitor reception centre in Portugal Cove South.
“As we speak people are being lifted off that vessel in distress,” Ryan told The Telegram Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, the rest of mariners stayed on board to assess the damage. CCGS Teleost was also tasked with aiding in the situation. Capt. Ryan described the scenario Sunday evening as being constantly evaluated with rescue co-ordination efforts continuing.
According to the website marinetraffic.com, MSC Monterey was built in 2007 and was on its way to Newark, New Jersey when it encountered problems off the coast of Newfoundland.
About 9:30 p.m. Sunday night, JTF Atlantic said the vessel was at anchor and required no further assistance from search and rescue resources. It also tweeted that the JRCC Halifax had closed the case of the MSC Monterey and it was now under the authority of Transport Canada.