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Capt Lou's Latest Nautical News July 23, 2017


GAS ACCIDENTALLY PUMPED INTO BOAT'S BILGE
There was a tense incident at the Sunset Bay Marina in the Town of Hull. Sixty-four gallons of gas were pumped into the waste tank and bilge of a 24 foot Sea Ray. Every available fireman and fire engine was called to help. Hull Harbormaster Kurt Bornheim also called for the MassPort fireboat and the Boston fireboat. The state’s Hazmat team and MASS DEP also showed up. Officials and marina personnel did a smart and great job. They wanted to get the boat hauled out of the water as fast as possible to minimize the gasoline pollution in the water. The boat was quickly towed to the nearby launch ramp while firemen pumped foam on to the boat to prevent the vapors from exploding. The boat was then brought inside the building across the street where it was shielded from the public and other boats in case it did explode. Fortunately, because of the excellent job performed by the Hull firemen, the harbormaster, and marina personnel everything went smoothly, and all the gas was pumped out of the boat.

BRISTOL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY FOUND GUILTY
This past week, Bristol County sheriff’s deputy Antonio Freitas was found guilty of one count of bulk cash smuggling and one count of conspiring to export of U.S. currency. These crimes were in connection with New Bedford's "codfather" Carlos Rafael’s charges. Previous to being a Bristol County Deputy Sheriff, Freitas was a longtime Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer. His sentencing is tentatively scheduled for October 12th. He could be sentenced to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Meanwhile, Rafael has already pled guilty to falsifying records to NOAA about the amounts and types of fish caught by his fleet and tax evasion. Originally, Rafael’s sentencing was scheduled for July 28th, but is now delayed due to a possible plea bargain deal that night might involve Rafael selling or forfeiting his commercial fishing permits, boats, and distribution business.

22 FOOT LONG WHALE CARCASS TOWED OFF MARSHFIELD BEACH
For a few days last week, the carcass of a 22 foot long whale had become a nuisance washing up on different beaches in Marshfield. The harbormaster department decided it was best to tow the carcass out to sea and let nature take its course rather than burying it on the beach. Lifeguards held their noses and put the towline around the carcass, and the dead whale was towed 3 miles out to sea in hopes that it would not wash back up on shore. Harbormaster Demeo said the whale was so badly decomposed that it was difficult to estimate its age or determine how it died. Harbormaster Dimeo said towing the carcass was difficult because of wind conditions.

NEW PLANS FILED FOR MARSHFIELD HARBORMASTER CENTER
Also in Marshfield, Marshfield Harbormaster Michael DiMeo said he is filing a revised application with the town's zoning board of appeals for a new harbormaster building, visitor center with public bathrooms and showers, and a boat garage. The revised plan was approved at April's town meeting and also approved by the town's concom and the state's DEP. The building will still be located in Green Harbor where the existing harbormaster trailer sits. The new plan calls for a slightly smaller building, approximately 200 square feet smaller than the originally proposed 3800 square foot building, with an expected cost of three million dollars. Two thirds of that cost will be paid with grant money from the state. The zoning board could review and possibly vote on the proposal by the end August. Construction could begin in the fall.

POWERBOAT RACE COMING TO TAUNTON RIVER
The Offshore Powerboat Association will hold its third race on the Taunton River on August 27th. Last year 37 boats, some with 3000 horsepower engines, competed. The race course takes the boats under the Braga Bridge where they are clocked at 200 miles per hour. The sounds of the engines bounce off the bridge and are amplified for the crowds watching on the State Pier. The speed is one thing, but for those watching the Offshore Powerboat race last year said the best part was the noise. The boats are scheduled to arrive on August 25th, with many of them staying at the Borden Light Marina.

AUNTS BLAME NEPHEW FOR SISTER'S DEATH
Remember the story about 22 year old Nathan Carman, the young man who was rescued by a passing freighter last September about 100 miles off the coast of Massachusetts? He told authorities he went fishing with his mother on his 31 foot aluminum boat. After the boat sank, his mother, Linda Carman, disappeared. Her body was never found. He said he was alone adrift for a week in the life raft before being rescued. Now Nathan's aunts are accusing him of leaving his mother behind on a sinking boat on purpose, putting him in line to receive millions of dollars from his wealthy grandfather, who was murdered execution style in 2013. Authorities confirmed that Nathan Carman and his mother were suspects in that unsolved 2013 slaying of his 87-year-old grandfather, a wealthy real estate developer from Windsor, Connecticut. However, Nathan’s attorney says that prosecutors need probable cause and not suspicions to make an arrest.

NOAA ISSUES WHALE ADVISORY
Over the last two weeks, NOAA has received multiple reports of interactions between boaters and whales in New England waters. During the summer, whales are feeding and have been spotted off Massachusetts. Boaters are reminded to keep a close eye out for feeding and traveling whales, and to remember to stay 100 feet away from whales such as humpback, fin, sei, and minke whales and 500 feet away from the right whales.

STRIPED BASS FREED FROM BALLOON
The Captain of the Atlantic Queen fishing and whale-watch boat rescued a striped bass caught in a balloon. The captain said he was leaving Rye Harbor in New Hampshire when he saw a “balloon swimming around the harbor going against the current.” He then saw a striper caught in the balloon and fishing line. He grabbed hold of the balloon and striper, brought the fish on board, and freed it from the balloon. He then tossed the 27 or 28 inch long fish back into the ocean and watched it swim away. The captain said it is common for people to use balloons to float fish bait and he figures their line broke after the striper took the bait.


300 PEOPLE JUMP INTO CHARLES RIVER FOR "CITY SPLASH"
And last on today's nautical news, nearly 300 people cooled off from last week's heat wave by jumping into the Charles River near the Esplanade in Boston. It's the fifth year that the Charles River Conservancy held the "City Splash" to prove the river is safe and clean to swim in. However, the federal Environmental Protection Agency said the Charles was safe enough for swimming just 55 percent of the time. In 1995, they claimed it was safe only 19 percent of the time.

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"

Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew, Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station 95.9FM WATD, streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of recent shows anytime during the week at www.NauticalTalk.com.

* Winner of Mass/Rhode Island Associated Press "BEST TALK SHOW"
* Winner of Boston's Achievement In Radio "BEST INTERVIEW" AWARD
* Recipient of American Lighthouse Foundation's "LEN HADLEY AWARD"
* Recipient of Coast Guard's Joshua James Lifesaving Medal for public
service
* Nominated Boston's A.I.R. "BEST PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM"
* Judge of IBEX Innovation Products
* Judge of New England Boat Show's Best Exhibitors
* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
* Member of South Shore Harbormaster Association
* Member of Mass Marine Trades Association
* Retired Status U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
* Member of Quincy Bay Race Week Association
* Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
* Member of Boat Writers International
* Life Member of Mass Striped Bass Association
* Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club


























 

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"

Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew, Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station  95.9FM WATD, streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of recent shows anytime during the week a www.NauticalTalk.com.

* Winner of Mass/Rhode Island Associated Press "BEST TALK SHOW"
* Winner of Boston's Achievement In Radio "BEST INTERVIEW" AWARD
* Recipient of American Lighthouse Foundation's "LEN HADLEY AWARD"
* Recipient of Coast Guard's Joshua James Lifesaving Medal for public service
* Nominated Boston's A.I.R. "BEST PRODUCED PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM"
* Judge of IBEX Innovation Products
* Judge of New England Boat Show's Best Exhibitors
* Member of Boston Harbor Islands National Park Advisory Council
* Member of South Shore Harbormaster Association
* Member of Quincy Bay Race Week Association
* Member of Stellwagen Bank Charterboat Association
* Member of Boat Writers International
* Life Member of Mass Striped Bass Association
* Life Member and Past Commodore of Metropolitan Yacht Club

"CELEBRATING 25 YEARS ON RADIO STATION 95.9FM WATD"


Listen to the live broadcast of "Nautical Talk Radio" with Capt Lou and crew,  Sunday mornings from 11 - 12 noon (Boston time) on radio station 95.9FM  WATD, Marshfield, and streaming around the world on www.959watd.com. You can also listen to a replay of the most recent show anytime during the week at www.nauticaltalk.com.