Nautical News: For the week of June 10, 2018

SCUBA DIVER DIES OFF NANTASKET BEACH

 

Nancy Siegel, a 67-year-old woman from Dedham died in a scuba diving incident at Nantasket Beach last Sunday. Emergency personnel responded to two 911 calls for a swimmer in distress and pulled her out of the water. CPR was performed on the beach before Siegel was transported to South Shore Hospital where she was pronounced dead. A medical examiner is determining the exact cause of death. It has not been determined if she suffered a medical problem or equipment failure. At last report, the Massachusetts State Police dive team has yet to recover or locate the victim’s dive equipment, which was removed and left in the water by the rescuers, so the incident remains under investigation.

 

SCITUATE MARINA GETS GRANTS FOR PILINGS AND RAMP

 

Grants from the state will allow the town of Scituate to install new pilings for their docks at the Cole Parkway Marina. The pilings will allow the docks to remain in place year-round instead of hauling them out for the winter. Harbormaster Stephen Mone said the town spent $50,000 a year to take them out, disconnect the electrical and plumbing connections and then hook them all back for the summer. With the addition of the pilings, that money will be saved. Also, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited the marina and brought an additional check for $280,000 that will go towards building an American Disabilities Act access ramp to the docks.. The town is contributing a match of around $140,000 for the project. Work on the project is expected to start in late September and would finish by the start of the 2019 boating season.

 

NEW COMMANDER FOR FIRST COAST GUARD DISTICT

 

The First Coast Guard District has a new commander. Rear Admiral Andrew Tiongson took over the new position last week during a change of command ceremony at Fanueil Hall in Boston . He relieved Rear Admiral Steven Poulin, who was awarded a Gold Star for his service with the First District and now heads the Coast Guard base in Miami to serve as its director of operations. Rear Admiral Tiongson previously served as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua James. He told reporters his new position was “a dream come true.” The First Coast Guard District covers eight states in the Northeast including more than 1,225 miles of coastline from the Canadian border to the Toms River in northern New Jersey. The Coast Guard said that in an average year, First District personnel save nearly 430 lives, conduct about 2,400 search-and-rescue missions, assist about 4,500 people, and safeguard $115 million worth of property at sea. The district has more than 11,000 active-duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary personnel, 30 cutters, 200 boats and seven aircraft.

 

PORTUGUESE TALL SHIP SAGRES VISITS BOSTON

 

Making its first return to Boston in nearly three years, the historic Sagres, a three-masted tall ship has docked at Boston’s Fan Pier. Ten of its 22 sails are adorned with red crosses. The captain has designated 8 – 11pm, as the time for free public viewing. It will depart Tuesday evening, so on that day, it will be open to the public during the afternoon. The 294 foot long ship is used as a training vessel for the Portuguese Navy.

 

SIX DEAD SEALS FOUND ON BEACH

 

Six dead seals washed up on Rhode Island beach near the Sakonnet River. Because the seals were so badly decomposed, experts were not able to determine cause of death or even identify their species, but they did say there were no signs of any trauma. Even so, officials from the Mystic Aquarium are still trying to determine what happened. On average, a hundred dead seals are reported in Rhode Island every year.

 

WINNEBAGO BUYS CHRIS CRAFT BOAT COMPANY

 

In the business world of boating, Chris-Craft, the brand that was founded in 1874 by Christopher Columbus Smith and became synonymous with yachts and motorboating was sold this past week to Winnebago, the maker of RVs. This is the first time that Winnebago will be making ocean yachts along with its land yachts. Chris Craft boats were originally built in Holland, Michigan before the company moved to its current headquarters in Sarasota, Florida. Winnebago officials said they will continue to build Chris Craft boats in Sarasota and did not disclose how much they paid for the company.

 

MAINE LOBSTERMEN FEAR TRADE WAR WITH CHINA

Lawmakers in Maine say any kind of trade war with China or Canada would hurt Maine’s lobstermen. The lawmakers said lobsters valued in excess of 335 million dollars were exported last year to China, Canada, and countries in the European Union, making lobsters the state’s number one export. Amazingly, China became the biggest importer of live lobsters, importing more than 128 million dollars in live lobsters in 2017.

 

OCEAN WEEK CONFERENCE HELD IN NATION’S CAPITAL

 

And last on today’s nautical news, this past week was Ocean Week and the annual Ocean Week’s conference was held in the nation’s capital where some fishermen urged Congress to defend science-based fishery management policies instead of allowing individual states to make individual management plans based on politics and not science. However, some fishermen believe flexibility is necessary and that rationale regulations must be reasonable. A recent report to Congress from NOAA Fisheries indicated that the number of stocks on the overfished list was down to 35, an all-time low, proving that the 800 million dollars in taxpayers’ money was being well spent.

 


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