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United States Coast Guard Video Of The Plan B Sinking

Click Here For The Many Pictures and Videos of The Plan B We’ve Taken Here at Good Morning Gloucester

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.

Catching Up With the Progress On The Bow to Stern Overhaul of Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle

Huge thanks To Lieutenant Christjan Gaudio who is the Commanding Officer of the GRAND ISLE along with CWO Manny Munoz at Coast Guard Station Gloucester want to make our Coast Guard Station and Boats ingrained with the community, for you to feel welcome to ask questions and want you to know that they are here for you.

Lieutenant Gaudio forwards these photos and descriptions of the Grand Isle in the Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore MD.

The first is a picture of GRAND ISLE coming up off the pier for our fleeting (this is a water test where they placed us in the water to ensure that the hull settled out following the replacement of 550 square feet of hull). cgc grand isle 1

The second picture is of the crew checking the seals and through hull fittings for leaks before being placed completely in the water

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The third picture is of us being lifted off the pier.

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The Grand Isle being pushed to the pier for the fleeting.

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Some of Lieutenant Gaudio’s crew standing in front of our new props prior to going into the water for fleeting.

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This is the barge used to lift 110 footer cutters out of the water.

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BM1 Monaghan being awarded his permanent cutterman’s pin.  This is a big moment in the professional life of a cutterman as it is symbolic of his attaining seniority in the service having accrued the sea time and professional competence necessary to be awarded the status of cutterman and to wear the cutterman’s pin permanently on his uniform.

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Grand Isle going into the water for fleeting.

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Grand Isle newly painted, going into the water.

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Click here for a slide show of the Grand Isle from Photos I’ve taken over the past 4 years-


Where’s The Grand Isle Been? We Got The Pics From Gloucester’s Cutter Rebuild At The Coast Guard’s Baltimore Yard

Gloucester’s Coast Guard Cutter The Grand Isle was supposed to go for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks down in the Coast Guard’s Baltimore Shipyard.  26 weeks later and a ginormous laundry list of unexpected repairs has the Grand Isle crew eager to get back in the water and home to Gloucester.

Chief, Response Department  Thomas Morkan forwarded these pictures which will show you the repairs to the Grand Isle and the very next picture will be of the same exact position aboard sister ship The Jefferson Island for comparison’s sake.

click the pictures for the larger versions

First Pic Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island

Aft Berthing Grand Isle- Racks Removed,Lockers Removed, 25% of Decking Removed

Picture Right- Same Space aboard the Grand Isle During It’s Overhaul



First Pic Engine Room Jefferson Island 28th September,2011

Second Pic Grand Isle Same View


Left Pic Jefferson Island Engine Room Aft View

Right Grand Isle Both MDE’s Removed, Both Generators Removed, Exhaust Removed


Left: Forward Passageway Jefferson Island

Right: Forward Passageway Grand Isle berthing stripped of racks and decking


Left:Jefferson Island Galley

Right: Grand Isle Galley- All Equipment and Storage Removed


Large Pieces Of Hull Plating On Gloucester’s USCG Cutter the Grand Isle Were Replaced One By One To Reduce Chances Of Hull Twist


Both Shafts and Props Were removed.  Aft Steering Stripped (Steering Gear,Battery Chargers, AC System)

In Total More Than 500 Square Feet Of Hull Plating Replaced


All photos courtesy Chief, Response Department  Thomas Morkan.

What many people may not know is that the entire crew of the Grand Isle has been removed from Gloucester and is with the Grand Isle in Baltimore.  When they left they thought they were going for a simple overhaul lasting 8 weeks.  Now going on 26 weeks they are most eager to return to their home port as our Gloucester USCG Cutter, The Grand Isle.

Stay tuned for updates to the overhaul and interviews with the crew, only here on www.goodmorninggloucester.com

Coast Guard Station Gloucester – Safe Boating Day – National Safe Boating Week

Coast Guard Station Gloucester to hold Safe Boating Day event
GLOUCESTER, Mass. – U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester will hold a Safe Boating Day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 21, 2011 at their location on the waterfront.
The event is help to promote safe boating awareness though demonstrations and informational booths.
"The goal is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season," said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, the commanding officer of Station Gloucester.
The station will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, boating under the influence information, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and its vessels, structured boating and paddling safety and various informational booths.
Representatives include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, U.S. Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others.
The event will be held at the station located at 17 Harbor Loop in Gloucester, Mass.
For more information about the event please contact Adam Smart at (978) 283-0705
For more information about this release contact 1st Coast Guard District Public Affairs at (617) 223-8515.


47 Motor Life Boat Tour At USCG Station Gloucester With MK1 Kurt Lubbers

This is The First Part of A Ten Part Video Series-

CWO2 Luis Munoz extended an invitation to GMG to come down to the USCG Station Gloucester and see what it’s all about in anticipation of the upcoming Boating Safety Event. GMG Contributor Manny Simoes and I spent a fantastic morning at the station.

The entire crew at the Station was incredibly friendly and courteous and I can’t thank Chief Warrant Officer Munoz enough for the access he granted us..

In our first video we have FOB (Friend Of the Blog) Kurt Lubbers give us a tour or the inside compartments including the Survivors Compartment, Engine Room, Auxiliary Machinery Space, and All The Way Inside The Hold of The Boat.

You are cordially invited to attend US Coast Guard Station Gloucester’s Boating Safety Day.  This multi-partnered community event kicks off National Safe Boating Week on Saturday, May 21st, from 9am to 3pm and will take place at USCG Station Gloucester.  Our boating safety partners involved in this event include Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Auxiliary, US Power Squadron, State of Massachusetts Marine Environmental Protection, commercial fishing safety representatives and many others. The goal of this community event is to put all aspects of boating safety back in the public eye as we approach our spring and summer boating season.  We will showcase an assortment of search and rescue demonstrations, structured boating /paddling safety and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) forums, flare demonstrations, commercial fishing vessel safety, tours of Station Gloucester and vessels, as well as various informational booths.

Preview Pics- USCG 47’ Motor Life Boat

Here are a few preview pictures from tonight’s Behind the Black Gate video- look At USCG Station Gloucester. Look for the video at 5PM tonight.  GMG contributor Manny Simoes and I had almost complete full access.  the only room we couldn’t bring you was the control room with the computers.

In tonight’s video we bring you aboard, and down below the belly of the beast- the 47’ Motor life Boat with FOB (friend of the blog) and Coastguardsman MK1 Kurt Lubbers.




Here is a video from our Manny Simoes showing the pre-interview with CWO2 Luis Munoz over at the USCG Station Gloucester.  We have a multi-part video series coming your way which brings you inside the base, onto the boats, into the engine rooms of the vessels, and onto the roof.  I’m pretty sure you’re gonna like this series.

U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Crews Medically Evacuate Crewman from Gloucester Dragger Grace Marie

CAPE COD BAY, Mass. – U.S. Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a crewman from the Gloucester, Mass., based fishing vessel Grace Marie 10-miles north of Provincetown, Mass., Dec. 30, 2010.

Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a report from the Grace Marie captain that a 52-year old male had sustained an arm injury at approximately 11 p.m.

A HH-60 rescue helicopter crew, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Provincetown and the 87-foot Patrol Boat Tiger Shark launched immediately to aid the injured man.

A boarding team from the Tiger Shark stabilized the man and transferred him to the 47-foot Motor Life Boat to be hoisted by the helicopter crew at 12 a.m.

The man was transported by the helicopter crew to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Paul Frontiero Photo-


This past June The Grace Marie Was Towed  178 By The Coast Guard as reported in this story

Man overboard 46 miles east of Gloucester

I think they canceled the Alert. check out the USCG news site for updates.


from the USCG News site;

BOSTON- The Coast Guard is searching for a person in the water 46 miles east of Gloucester, Mass., Oct. 30, 2010.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a report from the fishing vessel Miss Lyndsey II that one of their crewmen was missing, after he was witnessed falling overboard.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a HH-60 rescue helicopter at 8:36 a.m. The helicopter is on scene and searching for the victim. Coast Guard Station Gloucester launched at around 8 a.m., and is expected to be on scene around 11 a.m.

The Coast Guard is also responding with the Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel, the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, and the Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead. The Sanibel is currently on scene. The Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead has been directed to launch and is expected to arrive later tonight with the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous.

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