Coast Guard Station Rockland reported the following recent activity:

Nov. 16

At 4:50 p.m. Station Rockland received a call from the motor vessel Sunset Destroyer that it had run aground on Matinicus Rock. Sector Northern New England issued an urgent marine information broadcast and a motor lifeboat was launched at 5:04 p.m. to assess the situation. Two fishing vessels in the area, the Sea Wife and Lorry Ellen, answered the assistance request, and said they would try to pull the Sunset Destroyer free.

The Sea Wife arrived on scene at 5:24 p.m. and made two attempts to pull the Sunset Destroyer off, but parted its towline two times and was unable to move the vessel. The Lorry Ellen arrived on scene at 5:55 p.m. with a larger towline and made several unsuccessful attempts to free the Sunset Destroyer because its line parted twice as well, but was finally able to pull the vessel free on the third try. The motor lifeboat arrived on scene at 6:04 p.m. and stood by while the Lorry Ellen worked at freeing the vessel.

The Sunset Destroyer was cleared of the rocks at 6:24 p.m. and the crew determined that there wasn’t any water intrusion through the hull and that the vessel was able to make way toward Islesboro under its own power. The motor lifeboat escorted the Sunset Destroyer during the initial stages of its voyage and departed once the coxswain felt comfortable that the vessel was watertight. The motor lifeboat safely moored up at the station at 11:04 p.m.