Fishing Vessel Grounds on Martha’s Vineyard

On Thursday, July 11, Coast Guard Station Menemsha crews on Martha’s Vineyard responded to a call from the crew of the 46’ lobster-fishing vessel Sherry Ann, reporting that they were aground in the surf at Squibnocket Beach in Chilmark.

46-foot lobster-fishing vessel, Sherry Ann, stating the ran aground and needed assistance. U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

Coast Guard Station Menemsha, Massachusetts Environmental Police, Aquinnah Fire Department and Sector Southeastern New England personnel responded to the scene. Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter to assess the environmental impact and check for leaking fuel. All 3 crewmembers on the Sherry Ann were safe and uninjured.

The vessel reported they had approximately 800 gallons of fuel aboard, but no fuel or environmental concerns were reported by the Coast Guard helicopter crew. Commercial salvage will handle refloating the vessel with Coast Guard supervising the process.

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