Coast Guard responds to sunken fishing vessel in New Bedford Harbor

BOSTON – The Coast Guard responded to Homer’s Wharf in New Bedford Harbor today after the 39-foot fishing vessel Samantha and Serena sunk at the dock.

The New Bedford Fire Department contacted the Coast Guard at 8:20 a.m. to report the sinking of the wooden fishing vessel. Nobody was aboard the boat when it sank, and the cause of the sinking is unknown.

Two response petty officers from Sector Southeastern New England arrived on scene and are working closely with the owner of the vessel and marina officials to raise the boat and contain any fuel leakage into the harbor. The owner stated that the boat had about 100 gallons of diesel fuel aboard.

So far efforts to raise the boat from the water have been unsuccessful because a crane operated by marina personnel experienced a malfunction.

The Coast Guard will investigate the cause of the incident.

“Our role in this case is to contain any damage to the environment as much as possible and to ensure that the salvage efforts of everyone involved proceed safely, ” said Richard Elliott, with Sector Southeastern New England’s operations center. “So far no one has reported any injuries, and we want to keep it that way.”

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