Coast Guard recovers sunken tugboat near Deer Island

BOSTON (WHDH) - The Coast Guard recovered a sunken tugboat from the bottom of Massachusetts Bay near Deer Island Friday.

The Emily Anne, a 55-foot tugboat, sank in February with three people aboard. The three individuals were rescued.

The Coast Guard worked with Semper Diving and Marine and the boat’s owner, North Shore Marine, for four months to create a plan to remove the boat.


A salvage crew arrived around 12:00 p.m. Friday at the location, which had been marked since February with a hazard buoy.

The Coast Guard partnered with Boston Harbor Pilots Association and local port partners to minimize impacts to the environment.

The Coast Guard oversaw the Oil Spill Response Organization, who deployed boom to capture any oil released as the tugboat was moved to the surface.

The Emily Anne was loaded onto a barge and taken to East Boston for unloading.

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