F/V Miss Jenna and her Captain Banned from Menemsha Basin

A Vineyard crab and whelk boat, has been banned from the Menemsha Basin by the Chilmark Harbor Department. Harbormaster Ryan Rossi said he made the decision following the grounding of the vessel Thursday night in Aquinnah. Rossi said alcohol appeared to be a factor in the grounding and taken together with two other incidents since last May, constitute a pattern of nautical behavior “proven to be reckless.” Rossi said not only is the Miss Jenna banned, but Capt. Andrew Wheeler’s right to operate any vessel in the Menemsha Basin has been revoked.  The Miss Jenna was allegedly found to still be in gear when the Coast Guard found it in the shallows of Lobsterville Beach Thursday night. According to a Chilmark Police report, the Coast Guard also found “two empty 18 packs of Bud Light and numerous ‘nip’ bottles” on board. Wheeler told The Times “we fell asleep.” >click to read< 17:47

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