3 Rescued in Merrimack Inlet Sinking
July 21, 2010
July 19: The Coast Guard issued a report of 3 people being rescued when their 17-foot Cruiser Craft aluminum boat capsized and sank near the mouth of the Merrimack River on Monday, July 19. The 3 boaters were rescued by the crew of the motor vessel Captain Lady III, which transported the victims to a dock on Plum Island. No injuries or sign of pollution from the sunken vessel have been reported.
The Newburport News reported that the small boat was overcome by waves at the inlet at around 4:30 p.m. The 3 men, who hailed from Southbridge, MA, were found bobbing in the water by crew of the Captain Lady III, a partyboat based on Plum Island, which was returning from a fishing trip. The crew managed to throw ropes to the drifting men and hauled them aboard.
According to the news story, the boat’s owner, 35-year-old Gary Faria, had never attempted to navigate the inlet before. No information regarding the model year of the boat was given, but Cruiser Craft has been out of business for many years, with most of their boats built in the ‘50s and ‘60s. That may be the reason the boat sank, as Coast Guard regulations now require that boats under 21 feet be able to float when swamped.