567-foot Greek-flagged M/T Everton,
with 80,000 tons oil and 45 multi-national crew,
in collision with Korean-flagged F/V Chunying -- 45km off Oman --
F/V Chunying fled and pursued by Oman Coast Guard --
1 crew missing from tanker,
but fire and oil spill as result of collision now under control. (Mon. March 22 2004)
From Commander, Joint Forces Maritime Component
At 7:30 a.m. LT, M/T Everton made a bridge-to-bridge distress call
indicating collision with F/V Chun Ying,
resulting in fire amidships and possibly rupturing Everton's oil tanks, fueling fire.
Several commercial vessels nearby Everton aided
in recovering 24 of 25 crewmen, who abandoned Everton.
Pascagoula, Miss.-based Aegis guided-missile crusier USS Yorktown (CG 48),
operating less than 80 NM from Everton,
proceeded at best speed and arrived on-scene within hours.
Yorktown sent its rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB)
to one of the other commercial vessels
and took 7 of Everton's crew, including master,
back to cruiser to assess situation
and coordinate plan to help fight the fire.
While aboard, Everton's mariners used Yorktown's computers
to send e-mails to relatives,
assuring them of their safety despite accident.
Yorktown dispatched its SH-60B Seahawk,
a 'Proud Warrior' to aid in search and rescue effort --
also redeployed their RHIB with several Everton crewmen,
a P-250 pump and several 5-gallon containers of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam
to help smother the flames coming from Everton.
From our correspondant Fred McCague. (Thurs. March 25 2004)
Heroic vessel rescue results in "emergency crew" making vessel ready --
tug will help tow the M/T Everton to Salalah. (Fri. April 2 2004)