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CAPT LOUíS NAUTICAL NEWS 6/19/16
HELICOPTER CARSHES IN CHATHAM
A helicopter taking aerial photographs of properties in Chatham crashed into a pond on Friday afternoon, injuring both people on board. A Cape Cod real estate company hired the helicopter crew to take the photos. John Ryan, 48, of Scituate, was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with serious injuries and Tyra Pacheco, 48, of Acushnet, was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of critical injuries. The helicopter, which took off from Plymouth, was attempting to make an emergency landing after it lost power. Eye witnesses said it came down fast.
BODY FOUND IN CAPE COD CANAL
A Coast Guard crew found a dead body floating in the Cape Cod
Canal. The body was believed to be the boater who fell off his 30 foot
powerboat after it was found heading for the west end of the canal
with no one on board. The discovery ended a 22-hour search that
covered about 400 nautical miles that included all of Buzzards Bay
and the west entrance of Cape Cod Canal. Authorities identified the
man as 54 year old Scott Allen Graichen from New Hampshire.
Massachusetts state police are investigating how the accident
SEARCH FOR MISSING PERSON SUSPENDED
This past Friday, the Eastham Police Department on Cape Cod and the Coast Guard suspended their search for a missing 47 year-old man in the water. The 11-hour search included multiple agencies including the Wellfleet Harbormaster, the Wellfleet and Eastham and Orleans Fire Departments, and four good Samaritans. Search crews covered the Wellfleet Harbor and Billingsgate Shoal Areas but found nothing. The harbormaster is continuing to search, but it is now a search and recovery mission and not a search and rescue mission.
DUXBURY HAS NEW HARBORMASTER
The town of Duxbury has hired a new harbormaster after its previous long time serving harbormaster Donald Beers retired. At a recent ceremony, Duxbury Police Chief Matthew Clancy introduced Morgan Billings as the town's new harbormaster. Billings previously served in th harbormaster department as its Endangered Species Officer.
WATCH OUT FOR TURTLES
Last week was sea turtle week and this is the time of year when leatherback, loggerhead, green, and Kemp's ridley sea turtles return to northern waters, with many sightings around Cape Cod. If you find a live sea turtle on the beach, it may be sick or injured beyond what you can immediately see. In New England, healthy sea turtles should not be on beaches or out of the water. If they are, there is likely a medical issue that requires professional attention. If you see a beached or entangled sea turtles call NOAA's hot line toll free 866-755-6622 (NOAA).
BOSTON BASED COAST GUARD CUTTER CATCHES SMUGGLERS
Yesterday, the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returned to its homeport in Boston after a 68 day deployment to the Pacific Ocean. The cutter transited through the Panama Canal and spent several weeks using an armed helicopter to catch drug smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Five smuggling vessels carrying cocaine from South America bound for the United States were caught, including the first of a new type of Low Profile Vessel. A Coast Guard spokesperson said the Low Profile Vessels are unique in that they are fully enclosed, camouflaged, and specifically designed to smuggle large quantities of narcotics by decreasing their probability of detection. The patrols resulted in the apprehension of 15 smugglers and 4.6 tons of cocaine with a street value of $154 million dollars. This was the third deployment Boston's Seneca has made to the Pacific in the past year. The cutter was commissioned in 1987 and is scheduled for replacement next year.
NOAA SUPPORTS $11 MILLION IN GRANTS
NOAA announced its support for more than 11 million dollars in grant money to study or improve the nationís fisheries as part of its Saltonstall-Kennedy grant competition. The grants, which must be approved by the NOAA Grants Management Division and the Department of Commerce's Financial Assistance Law Division, include projects in seven categories: aquaculture, fishery data collection, bycatch reduction, climate change adaptation, marketing, socio-economic research and territorial science. All areas and territories of the United States are eligible. In the Greater Atlantic region, NOAA proposes funding a University of Maine study of the development of the northern shrimp fishery amidst warming waters in the Gulf of Maine and a study by the state of Massachusetts on climate changeís effect on the American lobster.
OPERATION DRY WATER PROGRAM SET FOR THIS WEEKEND
Next weekend, June 24th thru the 26th, local, state, and federal law enforcement will conduct the national Operation Dry Water campaign, seeking to boost both Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement. According to U.S. Coast Guard statistics, alcohol and drug impairment continues to be the leading factor in about 1 of every 5 boating fatalities, so the boating law community developed the Dry Water campaign to highlight the importance of sober boating.
SAILOR ARRESTED FOR BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Police arrested a Canadian man for allegedly operating a boat while drunk in Lewis Bay in Hyannis. The Coast Guard received a call reporting a boater was having trouble pulling up the anchor on his sailboat. When the Coast Guard contacted the boater, he became belligerent and told them to leave him alone. A crew from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, in a 45-foot boat, went to the area anyway. Barnstable police also sent a police boat and arrived with the Coast Guard. The captain of the 42 foot sailboat called Split Crow refused to give permission for them to come on board, but the officers were soon able to do so and determined that the sailor was intoxicated and the only person on board. The Coast Guard towed the boat to the bulkhead in Hyannis Inner Harbor and the sailor was brought to shore where he failed field sobriety tests. A portable breath analyzer showed his blood alcohol level was "substantially" over the legal limit. Yarmouth police took the sailor into custody and because his sailboat was registered in Canada, it will be kept at the dock until U.S. Customs agents come to inspect it.
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