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BOSTON — The 81-foot fishing vessel Plan B sank approximately eight miles east of Kennebunkport, Maine, after taking on water, Tuesday.
The two fishermen aboard were unable to control flooding and were rescued by a good Samaritan before the vessel sank about three and a half hours after it began taking on water in approximately 286 feet of water. A ruptured pipe may have caused the flooding.
Because the Plan B was listing on its port side, Coast Guard crews determined the boat wasn’t safe to board the vessel to pump the water out of the boat.
U.S. Coast Guard Station South Portland recovered the boat’s emergency beacon, life raft and several pieces of large debris.
The boat produced a diesel fuel sheen approximately 200-feet by 200-feet when it sank. The Coast Guard will continue to monitor the area for pollution, including a scheduled trip to the site by a Station South Portland boatcrew in the morning.
The Coast Guard protects the maritime ecosystems and natural resources important to our national economy and
essential to the livelihood and way of life for coastal communities.
The Plan B Christmas Night
The Crew of the Seiner PLAN B mending their Nets.
The Hard Working Plan B Herring Seiner
This is a pretty tough shot to get with such low light and from the distance it was taken. I’, pretty happy with it. To see it full size click the picture and select “all sizes”
I’ve been bringing you updates on the progress of the Plan B renovation for a couple months now and our good buddy Paul Frontiero sent in this excellent video of the seine boat being loaded onto the stern.
Here is a net mending bucket with needles all loaded up for net repair. The net for the Plan B is just massive Half the net was already aboard the boat and there was a huge pile still on the dock.
I got some video when dropping off some empty fish totes at Cape Seafoods yesterday. Looks like the Plan B will be making its maiden voyage as a herring seiner soon. Yesterday they were loading the net aboard.
Video at 1PM
The Let Er Go is the seine boat for the Plan B. The seine boat is loaded up on the stern of the Plan B through the slot where the guy in the orange shirt is standing. When they approach the school of herring the Plan B will lower the Let Er Go into the water. The Let Er Go will set the seine in a circle around the school as quickly as possible. A seine net creates a cylinder in the water around the school. Then the net is pursed up at the bottom and makes the net from a cylinder into a purse (hopefully with the fish caught inside).
The Plan B was a tuna seiner that is now being re-outfitted as a herring seiner.
New welding -