Motoryacht Sinks off Martha’s Vineyard

August 10, 2010: According to reports in the Cape Cod Times and the Martha’s Vineyard Times, a 39-foot motoryacht with 3 persons aboard sank off Edgartown on Saturday afternoon after being holed by what was likely a submerged rock.

Chart area of sinking.

The 2006 Grand Banks Eastbay, Barefoot, was heading into Edgartown when it struck a solid object that pushed one of the struts and propellers through the bottom of the hull, creating a massive hole. The accident happened just before 4:00 p.m., at low tide, in an area riddled with large boulders. The neap low associated with the approaching new moon is thought to have played a role in the grounding. A Good Samaritan boater took the 3 passengers off the vessel as it began to sink stern-first in about 22 feet of water between buoys R “2” and R “4”.

Edgartown harbormaster, Charlie Blair, a sheriff’s department boat and 2 towboat companies responded to the scene. Capt. Dan Carpenter of TowBoatU.S. Falmouth helped tow the Barefoot into 7-8 feet of water off the windmill along Cape Poge beach. Four divers using inflatable bags and pumps were able to plug the hole and refloat the vessel on Sunday, at which point the Barefoot was towed to McDougall’s boatyard in Falmouth for repairs.