The 65 foot long fishing vessel Challenge sank at New Bedford, Massachusetts. The vessel had sunk by the stern during the early morning hours releasing diesel fuel and lube oil into the water. A tugboat alerted authorities of the sunken fishing vessel and the pollution release. Authorities placed booms around the Challenge and used absorbent pads to collect as much pollution as possible within the booms. Reports state the diesel slick reached some 1.5 miles into Fairhaven. No reports of injuries.
The 77 foot long fishing vessel Lori Ann went aground in the harbour at New Bedford, Massachusetts. The vessel had been blown free from its mooring during heavy gales and went hard aground near the hurricane barrier. A tug was requested and attempted to refloat the Lori Ann during the next high tide. However, the high winds and shallow water kept the fishing vessel stuck in the mud. The Lori Ann’s fuel and water will be removed before another salvage attempt will be made. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 40 foot fishing vessel Full Circle sank in the harbor at New Bedford, Massachusetts. A boom was placed around the vessel divers were requested. The divers were able to attach straps around the hull and the Full Circle was raised later the same day. The cause of the sinking was not known, but the vessel had a history of sinking. The vessel had sat idle since it sank on September 22, 2011 in the same location. The sinking was caused by a leak around the propeller flooding the hull. The vessel was raised and it’s fuel tanks were pumped out.
The vessel was to be scheduled to be sold later this week. The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the sinking.