Nautical News: For the week of December 1, 2019

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THREE FISHERMEN LOST AT SEA

 

The Coast Guard suspended its search off Martha’s Vineyard for three fishermen missing from the 56 foot boat named Leonardo, which apparently capsized 24 nautical miles off Martha’s Vineyard and sank with four men on board. One man, Ernie Garcia, made it into a life raft and was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter two hours after the Leonardo first sent out a distress signal from its epirb. He was shaking and suffering from hypothermia. The Coast Guard said he was not wearing a lifejacket or a survival suit. The owner of the Leonardo said the fisherman was taken to the hospital and treated. The names of the three missing fishermen are Gerald Bretal, Michael Cormier Jr., and Xavier Vega. The cause of the sinking had yet to be determined, but it was probably weather related. According to the Coast Guard, there were 9-foot waves and 29-knot winds gusting up to 39 knots when they made the rescue.

 

DUXBURY POLICE ASK RESIDENTS TO CLAIM KAYAKS, DINGHIES, AND PADDLE BOARDS

 

The Duxbury Police Department is asking residents to come and claim the dozens upon dozens of kayaks, dinghies, and standup paddleboards left or forgotten along the shorelines at several town landings. The police chief said he has posted notices and pictures on social media and on the town’s web page. He said the value of the kayaks and paddleboards is in the thousands of dollars. The improperly stored boards were left behind at various town properties such as Shipyard Lane, Howland’s Lane, Cove Street, Landing Road, and other town landings accessible to water. Lieutenant Lewis Chubb said at one point there were upward of 90 watercrafts in a single location. The latest notice gave December 1st as the deadline to claim your craft or else the town will dispose of them.

 

SCITUATE DEBATES SHELLFISH FARMING IN HARBOR IT SHARES WITH COHASSET

 

The town of Scituate wants to open 15 acres of the harbor it shares with Cohasset to commercial shellfish farming. However Cohasset residents and community groups said they fear the enterprise could threaten the way the waters between the two towns have been used for over 100 years. Representatives from the Cohasset Yacht Club and the Cohasset Sailing Club said they have used the sheltered waterway to train kids as young as 5 how to sail will be taken away. Scituate selectmen have not yet voted on the proposal, and Scituate’s Town Administrator said board members have indicated that they’d like a small pilot program to see if oyster farms can operate in the area without hindering recreation. The shellfish plan will be heard at the next Scituate selectmen’s meeting to give the town time to get input from people in Cohasset. The Commodores of the Cohasset Yacht Club and Cohasset Sailing Club said they don’t know whether the space set aside for aquaculture would be totally off limits for recreational boaters or whether it could still be used when the tide comes in, but one of the commodores said he’s heard stories of sailboats capsizing on top of oyster farms and sailors getting tangled in the equipment.

 

SNORKELER LOSES ARM – GOOD SAMARITAN RECOVERS IT

 

A Thanksgiving ocean dive for a snorkeler turned tragic as he was diving near President Trump’s Mar-a-Largo. The snorkeler was run over by a boat and severed his arm. Rescue teams from the Coast Guard’s Lake Worth station, Palm Beach Fire Rescue, Palm Beach Police, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission all responded. They reported a Good Samaritan turned the man’s arm over to the Coast Guard rescue team who then gave it in a bag to fire rescue paramedics on shore. An eyewitness said the snorkelers had no flag and a boat came along and went right over them. When they pulled the person out of the water, he had no arm. He was rushed to the trauma unit of St. Mary’s Medical Center with life threatening injuries. The incident is under investigation.

 

140000 POUNDS OF CONCRETE BUOY SINKERS RECYCLED BY COAST GUARD

 

The Coast Guard recycled more than 140,000 pounds of concrete buoy sinkers on an artificial reef off Cape Cod in Yarmouth. The Coast Guard Cutter Oak and the Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole used the discontinued concrete sinkers to support the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries’ artificial reef program. The concrete sinkers, which were used to anchor navigation buoys, were placed across a one of the 128 acres of the artificial reef. The program is a valuable resource for commercial and recreational fishermen. According to the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, the artificial reef provides desirable habitat for finfish and lobsters in an otherwise featureless area.

 

COAST GUARD CONTINUES CHRISTMAS TREE TRADITION

 

Keeping with tradition, the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw will deliver more than 1,000 Christmas trees to needy families in the Chicago area. Twelve hundred trees were loaded on to the cutter in Cheboygan County, Michigan. The cutter then headed southwest to Chicago where the trees will be off loaded and distributed on December 5th. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the modern “Christmas Tree Ship.” The original Christmas tree ship, the Schooner Rouse Simmons sank in 1912 attempting to deliver Christmas trees. Everyone on board died, including Captain Schuenemann who was nicknamed “Captain Santa.” Cutter Mackinaw will take the same route as the Rouse Simmons and will stop at the shipwreck site to commemorate the ship and its crew with a wreath ceremony.

 

COAST GUARD INVESTIGATES FALSE FISH REPORTS

 

The Northeast multispecies groundfishery may have been victimized by several misreporting schemes through a five-year period between 2011 and 2015. Potentially up to 2.5 million pounds of regulated species were misreported by vessels from multiple sectors in the fishery, according to the Coast Guard investigation. The report will be presented to the New England Fishery Management Council on Tuesday during the first of its three days of meetings in Newport, Rhode Island. The same day, NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Law Enforcement is scheduled to make a presentation to the council specifically on misreporting uncovered during the criminal case brought against now incarcerated Carlos “the Codfaher” Rafael. Using three separate databases supplied by NOAA Fisheries, the Coast Guard said its analysis was applied to 60,713 Northeast multispecies groundfish vessel trips. The results of the analysis dealt with four specific stocks — winter flounder, yellowtail flounder, cod, and haddock. In all cases it was misrepresented where the fish were caught.

 

PRESCRIPTION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR NEW FISH OIL PILL

 

A group of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration have suggested that people use a prescription drug called Vascepa, which consists of fish oil from sardines and anchovies, to fight heart health problems, strokes, and Type II diabetes. The results of the clinical trials came as a surprise because recent research had suggested that fish oil supplements did not improve heart health. However, the maker of the drug said that its prescription drug is different from fish oil supplements. They claim it would take 10 to 40 fish oil supplements or eating about 8 to 10 servings of salmon a day to have the same effect as a daily dose of Vascepa. The FDA said they will make a decision by the end of this year on whether or not to approve Vascepa for other uses. Currently the drug is only approved to treat people with high triglycerides.

 

DRIVER OF BOAT INVOLVED IN FATAL ACCIDENT CLAIMS SHE DRANK VODKA AFTER CRASH

 

It has now been reported that Linda O’Leary, wife of TV’s “Shark Tank’s” Mr. Wonderful, had alcohol on her breath the night of a fatal boat crash last summer. Police said they administered a breathalyzer test to Linda that registered an alert. She then admitted to police that she drank vodka after the crash, but before she submitted to the breathalyzer test. A 48-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man were killed after the O’Leary’s boat crashed into the boat they were on. She was charged in connection to their deaths in September. The O’Leary’s attorney said Linda was not impaired and that she is a highly experienced boater who was proceeding cautiously with due care and attention. He added that she collided with a totally unlit boat on a moonless night which was invisible to any prudent operator. “No one could have avoided the collision” he said.

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