Coast Guard crews assist grounded Miami-based yacht

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — Multiple Coast Guard crews assisted a Miami-based yacht after it hit a rock 100-yards off Nobska Beach near Woods Hole, Friday.

The master of the 85-foot yacht, Cocktails, intentionally grounded the vessel on the beach to prevent it from taking on more water through the four-foot by 20-foot hole in the boat’s bow, created by the rock.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat – Small and a 41-foot Utility Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Wood Hole after overhearing the vessel call the commercial salvager Sea Tow at approximately 11:36 a.m., on VHF-FM radio Channel 16.

Station crews arrived on scene around 11:45 a.m., and removed the two people from the yacht and transported them to land.

The Coast Guard crews also provided a safety zone and assisted Sea Tow and TowBoat US in dewatering the yacht. The Station Woods Hole crew is escorting Sea Tow and TowBoat US as they tow the yacht to Fairhaven, Mass., for repairs.

“The yacht was intentionally grounded to keep the waterways open and to save the vessel from sinking,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Ronny German from Sector Southeastern New England. “A safety zone was created to keep other boaters out of the area so crews could assist the yacht.”

The Coast Guard always monitors VHF-FM Channel 16 radio for reports of mariners in distress.

Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft provided aerial coverage throughout the operation to monitor the salvage operation and assist in the event of identifying any pollution from the grounding. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the all volunteer branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. Members freely give or their time and use personal vessels and aircraft to assist Coast Guard operations.

There are no reports of any injuries or pollution.

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