Boat Sinks At Sandwich Marina

Police, firefighters, marina staff and clean-up crews stand along the dock where a commercial fishing boat sank Thursday morning, causing a fuel spill.

No one was injured when a commercial lobster boat sunk in the Sandwich Marina on Halloween morning.

Members of the Sandwich Fire Department, the Sandwich Harbormaster’s Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the United States Coast Guard were called to the marina around 8:30 AM when the sinking was reported. Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McMahon said that the sunken ship was a 28-foot lobster boat.

The ship was mostly submerged, with only a small section visible above water.

When the boat sank, it leaked between 30 and 40 gallons of diesel fuel into the marina waters. Deputy Chief McMahon said that none of the fuel leaked into the Cape Cod Canal.

Oil booms were placed around the slips to block any possible oil spread. Divers were underwater to assess the situation at that time and cleanup crews were using a type of blotting paper to soak up the spilled oil.

Ed Moffit Drive was blocked by a Sandwich police cruiser during the cleanup and an ambulance was on standby.

Deputy Chief McMahon said that the area was cleaned up by 2 PM and no one was injured during the sinking or the cleanup process.

He said that the incident is still under investigation and that no cause has been determined at this time.

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