The fishing vessel Miss Jenna ran aground in Vineyard Sound on Lobsterville Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The Miss Jenna was heading back to port during the early morning hours when it passed the anchored Coast Guard cutter Sanibel. The Sanibel tried to hail the fishing vessel as it passed nearby but there was no response. The Miss Jenna continued to steam until it ran aground in the sand some 20 feet from the shoreline. The Coast Guard launched the 24-foot boat along with the 47 foot motor lifeboat to the assess the situation. The Coast Guard arrived and made “a heck of noise” to get their attention as the fishing vessel’s engine was still engaged. The crew of the Miss Jenna were asleep including the crewman at the helm.
The Coast Guard boarded the Miss Jenna and assisted in refloating the fishing vessel. The vessels proceeded into Menemsha Harbor where it moored. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. The local police along with the Coast Guard inspected the vessel and gave the crew sobriety tests which came back negative. Reports state the captain of the Miss Jenna was given multiple citations.
The 70 foot long fishing vessel Edna May collided with the 184 meter long, 37456 dwt tanker Iver Prosperity 25 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The tanker was heading for Providence loaded with a cargo of petroleum when it struck the Edna May. The Edna May sustained minor cosmetic damage while the tanker showed hull damage along the starboard section. The Coast Guard was alerted to the incident and dispatched the Coast Guard cutter Coho to the scene. The Coho escorted the Edna May back to port in Tiverton. The Iver Prosperity proceed to Providence where it will be surveyed for damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released on either vessel. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 68 meter long ro-ro passenger ferry Martha’s Vineyard became disabled off East Chop, Massachusetts. The ferry had just started its voyage to Woods Hole with 72 passengers and 14 crew when it suffered a power blackout. Adrift, the Martha’s Vineyard dropped anchor for 5 hours. Three tugs arrived on scene and escorted the ferry back to Vineyard Haven Harbor. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the Martha’s Vineyard had recently been refurbished and the ferry will undergo trials to determine the cause of the engine failure.