NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — The Coast Guard is investigating two sunken fishing boats in New Bedford harbor.
The Coast Guard says the New Bedford Fire Department found the vessels tied together with a sheen around them early Monday. Firefighters placed a containment boom to mitigate pollution.
The 65-foot Dinah Jane and 67-foot Nemesis are owned by Carlos Rafael, a magnate known as “The Codfather.”
An activated emergency beacon aboard one of the vessels alerted the Coast Guard at about 1 a.m. Monday.
The boats reportedly can carry about 9,500 gallons of fuel combined.
The Coast Guard is coordinating the cleanup and investigating the cause.