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Cargo ship grounds on an exclusive private island in Miami

PortandTerminal.com, November 8, 2019

MIAMI, FL – A 200-foot cargo vessel, the Panamanian-flagged Betty K VI, went aground Thursday on the north side of the private residential district of Fishers Island – the most expensive zip code in the state of Florida. 

Fisher’s Island in Florida sits south of Miami Beach and east of downtown Miami, across Biscayne Bay. It houses a community of about 700 families who reside along a private shoreline and around a golf course. No roads lead there, making it accessible only by a heavily-secured ferry that is forbidden to outsiders. According to the 2010 census, it is America’s richest zip code, with median incomes just north of $1 million.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami received a notification at about 1700 hours on Thursday reporting that the Betty K VI had run hard aground after losing propulsion. 

The Panamanian-flagged Betty K VI, is a A 200-foot cargo vessel

The watchstanders issued a safety marine information broadcast to alert shipping to the incident. No injuries, pollution or hazards to navigation have been reported. 

Aerial video obtained by local TV outlet WSVN showed damage to a small concrete dock where the vessel went aground. 

On Friday morning, the Betty K VI was refloated with the assistance of two tugs. As of Friday afternoon, AIS data showed that she has been towed to a pier on the Miami River. 

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