Shenandoah's Yawl Boat Destroyed in Harbor Collision

The U.S. Coast Guard investigated a mishap in which a fishing boat struck the yawl boat of the schooner Shenandoah Wednesday. The yawl boat, hanging from davits off the stern of the Black Dog ship, was destroyed; the two larger vessels were unharmed.

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One Dragger Sinks, Another Damaged In Mishap Off Dogfish Bar

A U.S. Coast Guard investigation into the sinking of a the fishing boat Robert C. Monday afternoon off Dogfish Bar at the western end of the Vineyard, remains open and active, according to a Coast Guard spokesman The owner of the sunken vessel reportedly has decided not to salvage the 33-foot wooden boat, which went down in 40 to 50 feet of water after colliding with another fishing boat.

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Coast Guard Ends Search for Owner of Sailboat

A wide-ranging air and sea search for the owner of a 13-foot Hobie Cat was called off late Saturday after the boat owner called the Coast Guard to identify himself. The unmarked sailboat was found washed ashore with its sails up near Lake Tashmoo on Friday.

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Boat Accident Takes One Life
Chris Burrell

A Quincy man vacationing on Chappaquiddick was killed yesterday
afternoon after being sucked into the propeller blades of a 47-foot
white cigarette boat piloted by his best friend, William
O'Connell. Mr. O'Connell, a prominent Quincy developer, now
faces charges of operating a motorboat while under the influence of
alcohol and fleeing the scene of a boating accident.

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Coast Guard Cites Bad Communication in Boatline Accident
Mark Alan Lovewell

Bad communication between the bridge and the deck contributed to the
ferry boat accident that nearly drowned a crew member a week ago. A top
inspector with the U.S. Coast Guard, Lieut. Joshua Pennington, told the
Gazette on Friday: "I blame communication overall. There was poor
communication between the crew lowering the vessel [rescue boat] and the
bridge. Typically they communicate by radio, but they weren't
using radios at the time."

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Fishermen Survive Accident; Boat Lost
Mark Alan Lovewell

Two Vineyard fishermen barely survived a boating accident south of
Noman's Land on Wednesday morning. Scott Terry, 51, a West Tisbury
artist and avid commercial rod and reel fisherman, has a black eye and a
few bruises, but is very much okay after the boat he was operating
flipped in a rogue wave. He and his crewman, 13-year-old Mitchell
Pachico of Vineyard Haven, were both in the water for a short time.

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Alabama Crew Member Falls to Death on Board Tall Ship Off West Chop
James Kinsella

Alabama Crew Member Falls to Death on Board Tall Ship Off West Chop


A crew member working aboard the tall ship Alabama fell to his death
on Friday morning while the ship was heading out on a day sail.

Benjamin Sutherland, 18, of Concord, was aloft in the rigging 30
feet up when he apparently slipped and plummeted to the deck below.
Emergency responders who were rushed to the boat were unable to revive
Mr. Sutherland, who was later pronounced dead at the Martha's
Vineyard Hospital.

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Four Fishermen Are Lost at Sea in Dragger Sinking
Mark Alan Lovewell

Four Fishermen Are Lost at Sea in Dragger Sinking


Four fishermen were lost this past Friday after their boat, the
75-foot steel dragger Lady of Grace from New Bedford, sank in Nantucket
Sound 11 miles east of Cape Pogue. A call for help was never made.

Menemsha Coast Guardsmen in a 47-foot motor lifeboat discovered the
location of the sunken vessel Sunday morning. Divers from the Southeast
Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council assisted the Menemsha crew.

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Fatal Accident On Alabama: No Violations
Jack Shea

A fatal accident aboard the schooner Alabama during a day sail out of Vineyard Haven in the summer of 2006 involved no violation of U.S. Coast Guard regulations, a report by Coast Guard investigators has found.

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Power Boat Runs Into Sailboat at Tashmoo Channel

A power boat exiting Lake Tashmoo Sunday afternoon sustained heavy damage after it collided with a sailboat also exiting the narrow channel. Nobody was injured in the collision and both vessels were brought safely back into the harbor, although the power boat sustained extensive damage to its hull above the water line.

Tisbury harbor master Jay Wilbur said the 30-foot motor boat Sally Forth was exiting the harbor when it ran head-first into the 22-foot sailboat Beer Nuts. The sailboat was under full sail at the time of collision and had the right of way.

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