Coast Guard continues response to grounded fishing vessel in Aquinnah

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsWOODS HOLE, Mass. – The Coast Guard and multiple agencies are continuing their response to the grounded fishing vessel Sherry Ann at Squibnocket Beach in Aquinnah, Mass., Thursday.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England’s command center received a call at approximately 11:40 p.m., Tuesday, from the 46-foot lobster fishing vessel Sherry Ann, homeported in Westport, Mass., reporting that they were aground in the surf and were unable to re-float the vessel.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., Thursday, commercial salvage operators began to pump fuel from the Sherry Ann and removed 350 gallons of oil.

A commercial salvage company safely removed the vessel with Coast Guard, county, town, tribal, and state agencies overseeing the efforts.

The Sherry Ann was successfully removed from the beach at approximately 1:20 p.m., Thursday, and will be transported to New Bedford, Mass.

A combination of Coast Guard Station Menemsha, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Police, MassWildlife, Aquinnah Fire and Police Departments, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, NOAA’s scientific support coordinator, Clean Harbors, Conrad Roy and responded to the case. Additionally, representatives of the Wampanoag tribe were engaged in the discussions on how to resolve the fishing vessel’s situation.

“This was a challenging salvage operation given the remote location and environmental sensitivity of the area, and the responding agencies agreed on the best plan moving forward,” reports Commander Paul Lattanzi, Chief of Prevention at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Moving forward, our priorities are still the safety of the personnel involved, the protection of the environment, and the removal of the vessel from the grounding location.”

There were no reported injuries.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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