Nautical News: For the week of July 22nd, 2012

RHODE ISLAND BOATER SURVIVES 11 HOURS IN OCEAN

A Rhode Island boater treaded water without a life vest for almost 11 hours after he fell off his boat Tuesday afternoon. He was fishing off Block Island and was leaning over the side of his 23-foot boat to catch a breeze when a wave hit it and knocked him overboard. The boat kept going with no one on board and two hours later went aground on a local beach. The owner of the boat was identified as Joseph Gross, who was eventually saved by the Coast Guard in the wee hours of the next morning. We will hear Joe Gross tell this remarkable story of survival at sea in his own words in just a few minutes on today’s Nautical Talk Radio program.


21 POUND CAPE COD LOBSTER SOLD AT RAFFLE

Maine lobstermen said lobster prices were too low for them to continue fishing and cover their costs. For the second consecutive week, lobster boats up and down the Maine coast have stayed tied to the dock. Lobstermen say the prices at the dock have fallen to nearly a 30 year low for this time of year. Those prices have officials and lobstermen concerned about the fate of one of the state’s most vital industries as lobstermen start to face bankruptcy. Year after year, the state of Maine reported record lobster catches and now the supply side of the law of supply and demand has taken over. Combine that with the high cost of fuel and a poor economy and you have a formula for economic disaster.


26TH ANNUAL MONSTER SHARK TOURNAMENT ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD

The 26th Annual Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament is happening this weekend in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard with more than 100 boats participating. Only three kinds of sharks are permitted to be caught: makos, porbeagles, and threshers. Each boat is allowed to bring in one shark on each day of the tournament. Makos must weigh more than 200 pounds, and threshers and porbeagles must weigh more than 250 pounds. Marine biologists from several states are in attendance and claim the tournament is important for their research.


15 YEAR OLD BOY TAKES FAMILY BOAT AND YOUNG GIRL DIES TUBING

A 15 year old Florida boy took his family’s 24 foot boat with twin 140 horsepower engines for a ride while his parents weren’t home. Accompanying him were two teenage girls who wanted to go tubing. Unfortunately, this story ended in tragedy when the tube slammed into a dock, killing one of the girls. Investigators attributed the cause of the accident to inexperience. The family had owned the boat for only a month. In Florida, anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, operating a boat with an engine of 10 horsepower or greater is required to take a safe boating course and obtain a boating safety education identification card. Authorities said the 15 year old boy never took the course.


EGG HARBOR YACHT COMPANY BUYS SILVERTON

A New Jersey bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Ovation and Silverton Boats to the Egg Harbor Yacht company. The CEO of Egg Harbor Yachts said taking over Silverton and Ovation will offer boaters a wide variety of style and type of boats. He plans to move the production of Silverton and Ovation into his existing facility in Egg Harbor City, N.J., and plans to rehire some of the workers let go when Silverton stopped production in February before filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Egg Harbor Yachts also owns Buddy Davis Yachts, Predator and Topaz express cruisers.


PAINT PEELS OFF NEWEST COAST GUARD CUTTER

More trouble for the Coast Guard’s newest ships. Only three months after its commissioning, the fast response cutter named Bernard C. Webber was back on land to repair chunks of paint peeling off the ship’s hull. The production manager at Bollinger Shipyard where the ship was built said high humidity and poor ventilation in the shed it was painted in was the cause of the problem. The cutter was repainted and is now back in its home port of Miami.


48 TONS OF SILVER RECOVERED FROM WW II SHIP TORPEDOED

A record 48 tons of silver bullion was recovered from a World War II shipwreck sunk by a German torpedo 300 miles off the coast of Ireland. The treasure was found on the wreckage on the bottom of the Atlantic three miles down. The operation to retrieve the 1,203 silver bars from the SS Gairsoppa was the deepest underwater mission to remove precious metal from a sunken vessel. The silver was reportedly valued at around 230 million dollars in today’s prices. The British government is claiming ownership of the silver even though it was recovered by a private group of successful treasure finders known as Odyssey Marine Exploration.


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