Who Woulda Thunk It?
Last summer, I expressed some doubt about a complaint by a Connecticut fisherman that his boat had been pulled and almost capsized by a submarine.
Well, according to the fisherman, the Navy is accepting responsibility for the mishap, saying that USS Montpelier (SSN 765) had somehow got fouled in the trawler's gear, and they're paying damages:
"Alan Chaplaski said the Navy has agreed to pay him for damages to his boat from an incident last summer when the USS Montpelier, a 362-foot-long submarine, allegedly snagged his gear and almost capsized the boat.
"The Aug. 25 incident occurred 95 miles southeast of Stonington as Chaplaski's boat, the Neptune, was trawling for shrimp.
"Chaplaski had originally thought his net had snagged on the bottom, but something began pulling his 150-ton boat backward, causing it to shake violently. He released the brakes on the steel wire attached to the net and twin 1,000-pound doors that keep the net open. That prevented the boat from capsizing."
Musta been a wild ride...
Update 0005 23 Feb: PigBoatSailor offers his own mea culpas on the incident.