- Written by Gillian Smith
- Published: 25 June 2014
A sunken boat in Duxbury harbor caused concern for many local farmers Monday morning, but, thanks to im- proved engineering, there was no need for the concern.
Harbormaster Don Beers received a phone call at about 5:40 Monday morning from an aquaculturist who had discov- ered a 25-foot lobster boat that had sunk about 200 yards off of Mattakeeset Court.
“When boats sink it is usu- ally because they have not been monitored or looked at recently,” Beers said. “It is usually the people who are go- ing to work first thing in the morning who discover them.”
When he got the call, Beers when down to the harbor and put out absorbent booms and pads as a precaution against a potential oil spill.
“When a vessel sinks in its anchorage in the southeast corner of the harbor it poses a real threat to the environment,” Beers said. “Especially this time of year, because farmers are diligently working on their new seed and it could severely impact the farms.”
After the owner was con- tacted, the Harbormaster contacted the environmental police, the Duxbury Fire De- partment, Coast Guard, and the Department of Environmental Protection, among others, to notify them of the situation.
“Everyone is a stakeholder here,” Beers said.
By 6:30, the Fire Depart- ment and the oil spill team were down at the harbor and had laid out extra booms and pads to absorb any possible oil spillage. There was no oil spilled, something that Beers said has never happened in his career.
“It was incredibly well or- chestrated,” Beers said. “This is the first time in my career that no oil was spilled. It must be a very tight boat with no opportunity for oil to escape.”
The boat was dewatered and secured at Long Point Marine by 9:30 a.m.
"We were ready for an oil spill and luckily we didn't have one," Beers said. "It was outstanding."