Boats collide, sinking one

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A 33-foot wooden fishing boat sank Monday afternoon off the western end of Martha’s Vineyard after colliding with another fishing boat.

Menemsha harbor master Dennis Jason told the Vineyard Gazette that, the Robert C, a dragger from Fairhaven, Mass., went down in 40 to 50 feet of water, but the skipper was thankfully rescued by a nearby lobster boat.

“The boat sank rather quickly, probably under a minute,” said Jason. “The lobster boat Shearwater was passing by, about a quarter mile away, turned around and by the time he got to the location, the boat had sunk.”

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