Crews free lobster boat that ran aground in Aquinnah

The Sherry Ann was brought alongside a barge and secured for the trip to Fairhaven last Thursday. — Photo courtesy of USCG

Updated 3:30 pm, Thursday

Marine salvage workers have removed the Sherry Ann, a 46-foot New Bedford lobster boat, from Long Beach on the southwest corner of Martha’s Vineyard. Her captain said he beached the vessel to keep her from sinking after striking rocks early Wednesday morning.

Coast Guard Station Menemsha Senior Chief Jason Olsen said the vessel was removed from the beach. She was secured alongside a barge in order to transport her back to port.

Crews from the Tucker-Roy marine salvage company of New Bedford worked through the morning to remove 800 gallons of diesel fuel.

The three crew members of the Sherry Ann were checking lobster traps early Wednesday morning, when the vessel hit a rock, Lt. Bryan Swintek, Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, told The Times Wednesday evening.

The boat rested at the tide line between Squibnocket and Gay Head in Aquinnah with a large gash in her hull raising concerns of a fuel spill along the pristine shoreline.

The 1989 aluminum lobster boat is owned by Michael Kitchen of New Bedford, Lt. Swintek said.