Nautical News: For the week of July 8, 2018

TOURISTS ON BOSTON’S DUCK BOAT SPOT BODY IN WATER

 

This past week, just before the 4th of July, the Coast Guard reported that tourists on a Boston duck boat saw a body floating by them in the Charles River underneath the Longfellow Bridge. State police stationed near the Charles River locks were called to retrieve the body. It was later identified as a 59-year-old Boston man who had been reported missing. State police are hoping the medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of the man’s death.

 

CANADA’S TARIFFS ON U.S. PRODUCTS NOW IN EFFECT

 

Canada’s tariffs on American products took effect July 1st, but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have backed down from putting any tariffs on United States seafood. Boats, greeting cards, salad dressing and prepared chicken are on the list, but seafood (including lobster) and lumber are not. Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1985, there has been a 350 percent rise in trade between the U.S. and Canada – trade that President Trump called unfair and favors Canada. Trump said he wants to settle the trade war by writing a fair North American Free Trade Agreement.

 

5 CHILDREN AND 3 ADULTS RESCUED FROM SWAMPED BOAT

 

Five children and three adults were rescued from a swamped boat off Point Judith, Rhode Island. The Coast Guard said that all but one of the people aboard the 17-foot Boston whaler boat were ejected from the vessel after it hit a wake from a passing ferry boat. The kids were wearing life jackets, but the adults were not. The local harbormaster was first on scene and saved everyone. He said his fear was that the boat was going to roll over and trap everybody in the water underneath it. Although the operator of the boat blamed the accident on the ferry boat’s wake, the harbormaster believed that the boat was overloaded, exceeding its load capacity.

 

5 OR MORE GREAT WHITE SHARKS SPOTTED IN CAPE COD

 

At least 5 great white sharks have been spotted in Cape Cod waters this past week. All but one was observed outside the Cape between Chatham and Provincetown. The one not outside of the Cape was spotted 4 miles south of Harwichport inside Nantucket Sound. The fisherman who videoed the shark said he never thought that he would see a Great white inside of the Cape in Nantucket Sound. Greg Skomal, the lead shark researcher for the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, confirmed from the video that the shark was a Great White. For more tracking information about sharks, go to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Sharktivity app.

 

COAST WARNS OF ILLEAGAL CHARTER BOAT OPERATORS

 

The Coast Guard is asking the public to be on the lookout and avoid hiring an illegal charter boat. According to the Coast Guard, they received numerous reports about illegal operations. All charter boat captains carrying passengers for hire must display a valid Coast Guard issued Merchant Mariner’s Credential. Since most charter boat captains are licensed to carry up to six passengers, the Coast Guard emphasizes that no more than 6 passengers can go on the boat even if it was just one passenger who hired or paid the captain. The Coast Guard says illegal vessel operations can put passengers and other boats in danger because of operator error or lack of insurance.

 

RHODE ISLAND GETS GRANT TO RECYLE FIBERGLASS BOATS

 

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association announced they are using money from a Sea Grant to recycle fiberglass boats. They are calling it the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Project. The fiberglass hulls will be recycled into cement. According to officials, between 2003 and 2012, an average of 210,000 fiberglass boats per year were retired nationwide. Some boats will still be crushed and buried in landfills, but the plan is to try to recycle as many as possible. If the Rhode Island project is successful, it

could be used around the world.

 

CRUISE SHIP CREWMAN RESCUED AFTER GOING OVERBOARD

 

A crew member on the cruise ship Norwegian Getaway who went overboard was rescued nearly 24 hours later by another passing cruise ship, the Carnival Glory. The Coast Guard had searched hundreds of miles after hearing about the man overboard and could not find him. Cruise line officials then notified the man’s family that he was lost at sea and told them they needed a miracle. After hearing about the passing cruise ship finding and picking the 33 year old man out of the water 21 miles north of Cuba in good condition, they said it was indeed, nothing short of a miracle.


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