STONINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Stonington co-op is normally bustling with activity and lobstermen getting ready for the day's catch, but it looked more like a ghost town Monday morning. The most experienced fishermen would notdare to try the seas or test Sandy's wrath.
Lobsterman Dexter Bray with the Stonington Co-op made last minute adjustments to his boat, but said it is not worth going out, "You see what the sea is in[the harbor]now so just imagine what it's like out there. It's a lot rougher the further you go out. You'd be risking it for what the price of lobster is now."
Bray and his fellow fishermen will leave their boats to ride out the storm. But some chose to play it safe and place their boats on land.
Billings Diesel and Marina are one of the companies working around the clock to pull boats from the water.
Carpentry Foreman Jim Foley with Billings Diesel and Marine said, "The fishermenstarted showing up Friday and we started hauling those guys; and ofcourse during the weekend as things looked more like they'd progress more. This morning there was a big line of boats to get hauled out."
Monday morning the Billings'lot was completely empty and it took seven workers four hours toremove 25 boats out of the water. The workers said they will continue to remove boats as long as they have room and the weather allows it.
Foley said, "Who ever shows up as long as we can haul a boat we'll keep on hauling. We will put them in the parking lot. We will put them where ever we have to put them."
The fishermen expect to be back in the water by Wednesday.