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UPDATE: Milford Boat Towed to Safety

There are some pollution concerns from the incident. According to the boat owner's son, the vessel is likely is disrepair.

Updated on August 15th at 6:55 p.m.:

The son of the boat owner, who like his father wished to not be named in this article, noted that the boat formerly stranded at Silver Sands has been towed to Milford BoatWorks.

The boat owner's son said that "we won't know until tomorrow" if the boat is in complete disrepair.

The towing strategy lines up with the plan Marine Science Technician Scott Baumgartner of the U.S. Coast Guard suggested would take place earlier today.

Baumgartner said that they would likely "wait for high tide, float it with air bags and tow it."

Baumgartner was on the scene today as a pollution responder for the Long Island Sound.

"A sea tow tried to pull the vessel and the keel snapped," said Baumgartner, who went on to note that the diesel spill was on the lighter end. "It spreads out and burns up rapidly."

Baumgartner noted that Milford Fire Department had placed sorbent next to the boat to help with pollution concerns. "It absorbs the oil and not the water," he explained.

Baumgartner said that the plan is to "wait for high tide, float it with air bags and tow it."

Original Story:

A one-manned boat with engine trouble finds itself stranded on a sand bar at this Wednesday afternoon.

"A sea tow was going to pull me over," said the boat's operator, who requested that his name not be printed.

"The gentleman lost power," said , providing a reason why the boat could not move.

Before the tow could reach the boat, "catastrophic damage" was caused to the keel, according to Healey.

The keel "snapped from the bottom" said the boat's operator, as he was trying to "pull off the sand bar."

Milford Patch Neighborhood Gallery contributor Anne Weizel was down at Silver Sands taking pictures. Anne had heard similar reports of "engine trouble" and that the vehicle had "started drifting."

A crowd is currently gathered on the sand bar. No plan has been enacted as to how the boat will be moved, though Healey suggested that a "salvage company" will likely retrieve it.

We will bring you more information on this story as it becomes available.

Milfordite August 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
What a shame! From the photo it looks as if there should have been enough of a breeze to keep that from happening though...
Milford Mom August 15, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Not necessarily. This was a single operator boat meaning he had no crew. It is very hard to maneuver in strong wind with just one person and if the tide and current were a factor he was in for more issues. Often times the wind is actually too strong to have full canvas up (sail) and you have to either reef down or drop sails completely. If you are too close to the sandbar there, too, that presents a problem. It's a shame that it happened.
RONALD M GOLDWYN August 16, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Snapping your keel bolts is a major accident, but not repairable. I had a 52' cutter ketch in Milford and I did carry tow insurance and full marine coverage. But then my boat was "Documented" and subject to USCG regulations. He will get fine result using Milford Boat Works.
Rebecca Rollins Saranich August 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Wouldn't a boat operator who's vessel is drifting be able to use his anchor to remain in place and not hit anything? I understand this may have happened very quickly and with a single hander may not have been possible to anchor before a problem ensued.
Concerned Parent August 16, 2012 at 05:34 PM
@Rebecca, I was actually thinking the same thing, but considering the outpouring of sympathy, I was hesitant of being too critical.

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