Day: January 15, 2023

Coast Guard Rescues 7 From Tugboat Transporting 290-foot Barge From New Jersey

January 15, 2023

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Coast Guard rescued seven people Saturday from a disabled, adrift tug towing a barge 30 miles offshore from Ocean City.

A crew member aboard the tug Legacy notified watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday that while towing a 290-foot barge from New Jersey, to Guyana, a 1,000-foot towing line became entangled and fouled their starboard propeller. The vessel continued to make way on one engine when the tow line snapped. The crew attempted to regain tow of the barge at which time the line became tangled in the port propeller immobilizing the vessel.

The tug’s crew member said Legacy was inoperable and that the crew was making preparations to abandon ship.

The 154-foot Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson, homeported in Cape May, New Jersey, was already underway and diverted to the incident to help. Once on scene, the cutter’s crew was unable to get near the disabled tug or barge due to on scene weather and concern that the loose tow line beneath the water’s surface would foul the Coast Guard cutter’s propellers. The Lawrence Lawson maintained station and provided critical assistance to responding units and ensured safety of the seven crew members. 

Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, and an MH-60 Jayhawk crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to hoist the seven people from the vessel. After all seven people were safely hoisted, the air crews transported them to Ocean City Municipal Airport in Maryland with no reported injuries.

The tug’s crew activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), and the Coast Guard MH-60 deployed a self-locating data marker buoy (SLDMB) for Coast Guard watch standers to track the tug and barge while awaiting commercial salvage.

According to Marine Traffic the boat was departed from the Dorchester Shipyard 13 Front St, Dorchester, NJ 08316, to Kingstown
St Vincent and the Grenadines and was due on January 26, 2023. Current position is off Ocean City, MD

Police Investigate Early Morning Shootout Inside Ewing Wawa

January 15, 2023

EWING TOWNSHIP, NJ (MERCER)–Ewing Township Police reported that on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 3:26 a.m., Ewing Township Police Officers responded to the Wawa at 1300 Silvia Street on the report of a shooting. When Officers arrived, it was determined that an argument ensued between 3 or 4 Wawa patrons that arrived separately. Wawa employees intervened and asked that parties involved to exit the store. One male party exited the store, however, he returned after a short time. When the male reentered the store, one of the parties that remained in the store fired a weapon in his direction. The male that was reentering the store then returned fire. It is not believed that anyone was struck by gunfire. Police believe that there is any reason to believe that there is any active threat to the community.

The incident is currently under investigation by Ewing Township Police Department Detective Justin Ubry. If anyone has any information that may assist with the investigation, please contact Detective Urby at 609-882-1313 x 7590 or by email You may also contact the Ewing Police Tipline at 609-882-7530 or email Police say that the tip line should not be used to report crimes in progress or emergencies that require immediate response.

One Seriously Injured in Ewing Township House Fire

January 15, 2023

EWING TOWNSHIP (MERCER)– One person was badly injured in a fire that gutted a home near the township’s border with Trenton this morning.

The injured individual, whose identity was not released by authorities but who is believed to be a resident of the home, was rushed by Ewing Township EMS to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton. The person was then reportedly transferred by medical helicopter to the burn center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

Ewing Township career firefighters and volunteers from the Prospect Heights and West Trenton fire companies were dispatched to the blaze at 210 Parkway Avenue at 9:12 a.m. Two crews of Ewing firefighters were already on the road, returning from a previous false fire alarm activation on Buttonwood Drive, and were able to quickly respond to Parkway Avenue.

When firefighters arrived, the second floor of the dwelling was fully engulfed in fire, with flames shooting from the front windows. Luckily, the injured individual was reportedly able to escape from the burning house and was outside when firefighters arrived.

With Parkway Avenue forming part of the municipal border between Ewing and Trenton, Trenton Fire Department also sent crews from Engines 1, 8, and 9 and Ladder 1 to the scene to help battle the blaze.

Firefighters worked under the direction of Prospect Heights Fire Co. Chief Doug Brower. The blaze was officially declared under control at 9:48 a.m. The adjacent home at 208 Parkway Avenue sustained some siding damage from radiant heat but was otherwise saved from damage.

Investigators from Ewing Police Department, Ewing Fire Department, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and Mercer County Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the blaze.

Photos by Michael Ratcliffe.