June 07, 2006

Serena On The Rocks

According to Montauk fishing maven Jack Yee, they found the surfcaster's secret spot. They also found the rocks. Last Thursday night at around 6 p.m. the commercial fishing vessel Serena I went aground about a mile southwest of Montauk Point, fetching up about 200 to 300 feet off the beach.

According to Coast Guard officials, at the time there was a small craft advisory out, with winds running about 10 to 15 knots, seas three to five feet. Areas of fog meant visibility of just one to three miles, even worse in some areas.

The accident is still under investigation, with a salvage operation set to begin over the weekend. Aside from damage to the boat, which sails out of Pawcatuck, Connecticut, no one was injured. Crew members were able to just walk off the boat onto shore, and there was no fuel leakage as of Friday. By Sunday however, as salvage efforts continued, there was news of spillage.

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