Nautical News: For the week of June 23, 2019

BODY OF KAYAKER FOUND IN MERRIMACK RIVER

 

The search for a missing kayaker who was fishing with his brother on the Merrimack River in Concord ended as a diver with the Fish and Game Department recovered the 20-year-old man’s body from the bottom of the river on Friday. The brothers two kayaks began to take on water and sink as the wind and waves picked up. They attempted to swim towards shore. Neither was wearing a life jacket nor had on board a life jacket as required by state law.. The older brother was able to safely swim ashore. He searched for his brother, and after not finding him, called 911 for help. The state’s Fish and Game Division as well as State Police and Concord’s police and fire departments all responded and began searching. The next day the body was found about 30 yards from shore. The two kayaks were also later recovered in the middle of the river in Concord.

 

SAILBOAT COMES ASHORE DRAGGING BODY OF ELDERLY MAN

 

A sailboat came ashore in South Yarmouth with an elderly man wearing a lifejacket tethered to a rope. The police received a call from a person on the beach who reported a large sailboat had gone aground with the body of a man attached to it by a rope. The boat was known to be moored at the Bass River Yacht Club so police were able to identify the owner. A preliminary investigation showed the death may have been caused by a medical incident or accident. The Yarmouth police and state police detectives assigned to the district attorney’s office are investigating the incident, but no foul play is suspected.

 

DUXBURY BEACH OFFICIALS CRITICIZED FOR KILLING COYOTES

 

Officials with the Duxbury Beach Reservation are being criticized for following the Massachusetts Habitat Conservation Plan for Piping Plovers, which includes a predator management plan that is enforced on the State and Federal level and requires any predators to be lethally removed. Specifically for Duxbury Beach the predators listed are coyotes, red foxes and American crows. Executive Director of the Duxbury Beach Reservation, Cris Lutazzi, said a 3-year conservation and management permit in 2018 allows the public and vehicles on the beach so they have to mitigate the damage caused by the vehicles to the piping plovers by killing the predators to the plovers. In other words the beach vehicles are allowed to kill the same number of plovers that the coyotes, foxes, and crows would have killed. And to keep things in balance, the coyotes, foxes, and crows are killed. So far at least 3 coyotes have been killed this year on Duxbury Beach. People can help the foxes and coyotes by picking up trash off of the beach which will decrease the amount of predators drawn to the area.

 

KILLER WHALE SPOTTED IN CAPE COD

 

Three Chatham fishermen spotted and photographed a killer whale swimming with dolphins in the waters off Cape Cod. Killer whales or orcas are a rare sight around here. The captain for Got Stryper Fishing Charters based out of West Chatham, told reporters that he and two other fishermen spotted the whale “about 50 to 70” miles east of East Chatham while they were fishing for giant bluefin tuna. A video of the sighting was posted to the Got Stryper Fishing Charters Facebook page.

 

MOORINGS AT PEDDOCKS ISLAND INSTALLED IMPROPERLY

The new moorings at Peddocks Island are temporarily closed for maintenance and cannot accept reservations at this time. Nautical Talk Radio has learned that the moorings were installed improperly and that at least 6 moorings have already floated away with no boats on them. The company that installed the moorings with the winning bid of more than $300,000 will have to re-install them.

 

U. K. OFFSHORE WIND FARM DECOMISSIONED AFTER 20 YEARS

 

Offshore wind farms hit a milestone this month with the announcement that the U.K. would decommission its first offshore wind farm project. That wind farm was commissioned in the year 2000.Experts said the decommissioning due to take place would not yet open the floodgates for further decommissioning offshore projects, but will serve as a pilot program on how to do it and what happens to the body of water it was built on. The next offshore wind farm project will be decommissioned in 10 years. According to experts, wind farms in salt water usually have a lifespan of 20-25 years.

 

TV SERIES FINISHES FILMING IN PROVINCETOWN

 

An upcoming television series called “Hightown” on Starz began filming in Provincetown on May 31st. The TV series is about a Marine Fisheries Services officer who gets wrapped up in a murder investigation after she finds a body that washes ashore. There will be lots of activity filming on Commercial Street and at MacMillan and Provincetown Marina piers. The series stars Monica Raymund of “Chicago Fire” fame and James Badge Dale who appeared in”13 Hours” and “The Pacific.”

 

RARE BLUE LOBSTER DELIVERED TO MARKET IN EASTHAM

 

And last on today’s nautical news, a rare blue lobster was shipped to Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar in Eastham this past week. The odds of finding a blue lobster are one in 2 million, according to the Maine Lobsterman’s Community Alliance, which says yellow and white lobsters are even rarer. The owner of the restaurant is inviting people to come see the blue lobster which he named Mr. Blue before he either donates it to an aquarium or releases it back into the ocean.

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