Capt R. M. Chase
On May 12, the 47 foot long fishing vessel Capt R. M. Chase ran aground on Town Neck Beach near Sandwich, Massachusetts. The vessel was on autopilot when it ran up onto the beach. No reports of injuries to the two crew on board, damage or pollution released. During low tide an excavator was able to dig the vessel out allowing the Capt R. M. Chase to be refloated by two tugs on the next high tide. The fishing vessel proceeded to New Bedford. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.