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May 4, 2012 7:11 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Fishing Boat Freed From Beach In Montauk

May 8, 2012 4:25 PM

The commercial fishing boat Lady Leah was refloated and pulled off a rocky beach near the Montauk Lighthouse on Saturday evening with the help of another fishing boat.

The Lady Leah, a 40-foot 
fiberglass scallop dredging 
boat, had run aground about a half mile north of the 
lighthouse on Friday evening while entering Block Island Sound on its return to Montauk Harbor.

Efforts to refloat the boat on Friday were unsuccessful despite the exceptionally high tides associated with this week’s perigee full moon.

Salvage crews worked throughout the day on Saturday to remove sand and rocks from behind and underneath the Lady Leah’s hull.

On Saturday evening, at about 8:30 p.m., another fishing vessel, the Night Moves, was able to pull the Lady Leah into deep water and tow her back to Montauk Harbor.

The boat’s tanks contained only 124 gallons of fuel, and U.S. Coast Guard officials said none was spilled.

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D'oh!
By wmmw (6), East Hampton on May 4, 12 10:52 PM
Good news that the hull appears to be OK, according to this morning's updated story. The seas were fairly calm yesterday, so how did this vessel end up so hard-aground that she could not be pulled off last night during the full moon high tides? Ditto for this morning at high tide.

Was the radar working (assuming that fog was a factor)?

Hope she is saved.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on May 5, 12 5:07 PM
probably grounded at high tide ...
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on May 7, 12 9:26 AM
Can't surf there but running aground seems to be ok. Cool. I thought a six pack was part of the captains test.
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on May 16, 12 6:46 PM