Lobster boat holes tanker in open-sea collision off Martha's Vineyard

Professional Mariner|April 2020

Lobster boat holes tanker in open-sea collision off Martha's Vineyard
A lobster boat and a loaded tanker collided in open water south of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and the Coast Guard is trying to piece together what happened.
Casey Conley

The 70-foot Edna May and the 605-foot Iver Prosperity collided at about 2010 on Jan. 27 roughly 25 nautical miles south of the island. No one on either vessel was injured and there was no pollution as a result of the impact. Damage was relatively minor given the nature of the incident, said Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Noel.

“All the parties involved got extremely lucky that nobody was injured and nobody took on water,” Noel said. “They are lucky that nothing worse came from this.”

The Coast Guard is investigating and has not released the cause. Key aspects of the incident, such as which vessel hit which and whether the crews communicated via radio before impact, are part of the inquiry.

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