Sunday, June 26, 2022

‘Spirit of Norfolk’ towed, investigation continues

Tug boats have the Spirit of Norfolk in tow under Coast Guard supervision while a Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 45-foot response boat crew prepares to escort the boat out of Norfolk Naval Station June 12. The Spirit of Norfolk caught fire on June 7 and will be moved to Colonnas Shipyard. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katie Lipe.

NORFOLK — Spirit of Norfolk salvage crews completed the tow of the vessel to Colonna’s Shipyard Sunday morning, where a joint Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board team will continue its investigation into the cause of the fire, the U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic said Sunday.

The Unified Command confirmed that, as of 9:58 a.m. Saturday, the fire aboard the vessel was extinguished.

The Unified Command overseeing the response has stood down. The Coast Guard will continue to maintain oversight and monitor the vessel, which must request permission from the Captain of the Port for any future movement.

Tug boats have the Spirit of Norfolk in tow under Coast Guard supervision while a Coast Guard Station Portsmouth 45-foot response boat crew escorts the boat out of Norfolk Naval Station June 12. The Spirit of Norfolk caught fire on June 7, and will be moved to Colonnas Shipyard. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Katie Lipe.

City Cruises will work to determine the final disposition of the Spirit of Norfolk.

The dinner cruise yacht caught fire Tuesday near Naval Station Norfolk. Tugs pushed the vessel to a mooring at the naval station to continue firefighting efforts and keep the waterway clear for traffic. All 106 passengers and crew members aboard when the fire started were safely evacuated, the Coast Guard said.

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