There were no immediate reports of injuries.
The 79-foot (24-meter) rig vessel, Petite, and a 1,065-foot
container ship, MSC Charleston, "reportedly collided due to
weather" at about 7.30 p.m., the Coast Guard said in a
"There was no initial report of damage, pollution or injuries to
either vessel, and both are safely anchored pending a Coast
Guard investigation," it said.
The winds gusting to 70 mph at Cape Henry caused 12 ships
anchored in the Lynnhaven vicinity to drag anchor and caused a
751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, to run aground at about 8.35 p.m.,
the Coast Guard said.
Local tug boat operators and the Virginia Pilot office sent
boats to help stabilize wayward vessels.
The Coast Guard said there were no reports of injuries or
pollution, though it made no mention of disruptions to shipping
(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson in Seattle;
editing by Nick Macfie)
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