No Fuel Leaking From Grounded Fishing Vessel In Montauk

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A commercial fishing boat from Connecticut ran aground in Fort Pond Bay in Montauk over the weekend after the boat took on water and lost power, crew members said.

The vessel, a 55-foot steel-hulled dragger called Miss Scarlett, had left its home port of New London, Connecticut, late on Saturday night, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. At some point during the night, the vessel began taking on water and may have lost power before coming to rest with its stern aground off the beach near Navy Road.

Coast Guard officials said they didn’t not know if the crew had grounded the vessel intentionally, to prevent it from sinking, or if it had simply drifted into the shoreline after losing power. None of the crew members aboard the Miss Scarlett at the time of the grounding was injured.

The vessel remained aground on Tuesday morning. Crews from other commercial vessels owned by the same company, Consolidated Marine, have been at the scene along with a marine salvage company. The crews patched a hole in the hull and had pumped out seawater that had flooded the holds and disabled the vessel.

With the boat again seaworthy, the salvage team was expected to try to free it from the beach on Tuesday or Wednesday. The project is being complicated by the Miss Scarlett having come ashore in a very shallow area and between the pilings of two pound traps, which has made getting other vessels near it difficult.

Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Ryan O’Hare said on Tuesday that the exact cause of the grounding is still under investigation. No fuel from the vessel’s tanks had leaked into the water, and Mr. O’Hare said the salvage company had surrounded the Miss Scarlett with floating fuel barriers to keep any possible spills contained.

The Miss Scarlett was formerly named Kahuna and had worked out of Montauk for several years.

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