Last weekend the OSG Constitution and Barge 400 were being towed dead ship to the Bahamas to be sold. She broke out of the notch and was drifting towards the beach. Rescue Tug got to her before she could ground, luckily. Tug took Constitution into port for inspection and to rig her for tow to the Bahamas.
I relived on this rig several times over the years plus I worked on her in the yard she was first being put into service. This tug did not ride very good in the notch. At sea she would almost bounce around the notch while underway. I can not say how she was secured in the notch for this tow but I do not think there was any way to keep her in the notch while being tow dead boat. Anyone that worked on her or any other deep notch rigs would know this also, these tugs do way too much moving around to be able to keep everything tight with out someone to watch all of the wires and lines and take up on them as necessary. But I’m only a dumb Chief Engineer. LOL
I am just glad the the crew on the rescue tug were able to get a line on her without anyone getting hurt.