On August 23, the 22 meter long fishing vessel Rose Marie caught fire near Chatham, Massachusetts. The fire could not be contained by the crew and they sent out a distress call. Nearby fishing vessels responded as well as the 270 foot Coast Guard cutter Legare and aircraft from Cape Cod. Before rescuers could reach the Rose Marie, the crew abandoned ship into a life raft as the super structure became engulfed in flames. All four crew of the Rose Marie were later rescued by nearby fishing vessels.
On March 18, the fishing vessel Captain Joe became disabled some 110 miles off Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The Captain Joe had suffered a power blackout when its battery died. The crew was able to alert a nearby fishing vessel who relayed the request to the Coast Guard. A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched and was able to lower a portable marine radio. The helicopter returned and lowered a battery to the Captain Joe. The crew was able to restore power. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released.
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.