Groups cooperate to remove fishing vessel from Cape Elizabeth beach

Groups cooperate to remove fishing vessel from Cape Elizabeth beach

CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine β€” One photo that captured the power of a historic storm last Saturday was of a fishing vessel that ran aground on Cape Elizabeth.

This week, Portland-based salvage company Deternation Marine, along with crews from Scott Dugas Trucking-Excavating, worked Friday to remove as much equipment from the Tara Lynn II as possible.

The boat was leaning at a 60-degree angle and needed to be tilted as low as possible to remove the mast and other parts still on board, Parker Paul, owner of Determination Marine, said Friday morning.

While this week’s cold winter weather makes working conditions difficult, Paul said it has land conservation benefits.

“It actually helps that the weather is a little bit colder, and the ground is icing better. It allows us to get (the trucks) through things, and not have to worry as much about tearing up the ground,” Paul explained.

Crews left the scene of the accident on Reeve Road Friday evening, and Paul said he and some workers will return Saturday to continue cleaning up the wreckage before heavy machinery returns Monday morning.

Paul added that the effort amounts to a recovery and environmental cleanup project β€œat this point.”

Maine Department of Environmental Protection officials toured the scene Friday. About 500 gallons of diesel fuel seeped into the water, but the environmental impacts are believed to be minimal, Paul said.

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This recovery plan includes not only the crews on scene, but also local public safety officials, the fishing boat owner, the insurance company, property owners and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust.

The organization manages and maintains land throughout the city, including the Trundy Point Preserve, a few hundred feet from the fishing boat, and a 3/4-acre plot of land on Reef Road, where the vessel has rested for six days now.

“The community is clearly very interested in what’s happening,” David Bryman, executive director of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, said Friday. “We have an obligation, which we take very seriously, to protect and steward (protected lands) in perpetuity.”

Breiman took time to praise landowners who cooperated with rescue crews who had to use their land to move trucks and other equipment.

Bryman added that constant communication between the parties involved has been helpful during this process, which has lasted for about a week and will continue in the coming days.

Concerned residents will be pleased to know that Bryman said the impact on the property has been minimal.

Many residents took time Friday to check out the remains of the ship, but public safety officials want to remind Mainers that it is an active work zone and to please respect the no parking signs and restrictive tape that will be in place this weekend.

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