U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Hard Aground Cargo Vessel Betty K VI Near Fisher Island

203-foot Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel

The 203-foot Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, Betty K VI, is hard aground north of Fishers Island, Florida Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. The cargo vessel ran aground after losing propulsion during its transit through Government Cut. (U.S. Coast Guard image)

MIAMI, FLORIDA — The U.S. Coast Guard reported an aground 203-foot cargo vessel north of Fishers Island, Florida on Thursday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a notification at approximately 5 p.m., said the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, Betty K VI, ran hard aground after losing propulsion north of Fishers Island.

The watchstanders issued a safety marine information broadcast.

There were no reported injuries, pollution or hazards to navigation.

The 203-foot Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel, Betty K VI, ran hard aground after losing propulsion during its transit through Government Cut.

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Fisher Island is a barrier island three miles offshore of mainland South Florida. As of 2015, the island had the highest per capita income of any place in the United States, with only 218 households and a total population of 467. (Wikipedia image)

Fisher Island is a barrier island three miles offshore of mainland South Florida. As of 2015, the island had the highest per capita income of any place in the United States, with only 218 households and a total population of 467.

Fisher Island is named for automotive parts pioneer and beach real estate developer Carl G. Fisher who once owned it. No road or causeway connects to the island, which is accessible by private boat, helicopter, or ferry.

Once a one-family island home of the Vanderbilts, and later several other millionaires, it was sold for development in the 1960s. The property sat vacant for well over 15 years before development began for very limited and restrictive multi-family use.

– Wikipedia contributed to this report

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