The 84-foot fishing boat Kris & Amy grounded two miles east of East Chop on Hedge Fence Shoal on Monday afternoon and required the attention of several salvage firms to free her last night.
Senior Chief Jamey Kinney of Coast Guard Sector Woods Hole said that a call came in from the vessel at 12:55 p.m. that she had run aground in 11 feet of water. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole responded. The vessel, a sea scalloper with a blue hull and white superstructure, remained stuck through the afternoon.
Mr. Kinney said several salvage firms, including TowBoat and Tucker-Roy Marine Towing, responded. Mr. Kinney said there was initial concern that there might be a fuel spill, but it soon became apparent that the vessel had suffered no damage to the hull. At 9 p.m. the tugboat Co was able to pull the vessel off the shoal.
“There was a concern about pollution, but once the boat was deemed safe, she was freed and towed to New Bedford,” Mr. Kinney said.
The Coast Guard is not releasing the name of the captain and the grounding remains under investigation.
Hedge Fence Shoal is a narrow sandbar that runs approximately one mile long from northwest to southeast in Nantucket Sound. It is well-marked and designated prominently on navigational charts, and is a popular fishing spot for recreational small-boat fishermen.
This was the second incident the TowBoat salvage firm responded to in local waters Monday. Coast Guard Station Menemsha received a call early in the afternoon that the 38-foot sailboat Wind Runner had run aground in the Cuttyhunk Channel. The TowBoat salvage firm pulled the vessel off the channel and took her to New Bedford.