Boston cutter crew returns from patrol, prepares for Tropical Storm Danny

BOSTON– The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba returned to their homeport of Boston today after a 47-day patrol of the northern Atlantic Ocean.

While on patrol, the 270-foot cutter, with a crew of 100, helped ensure compliance with fisheries regulations by conducting 58 boardings aboard various vessels.

Escanaba also assisted a fisherman who had been struck by heavy fishing gear and was knocked overboard. The injured fisherman was transferred to Escanaba to be airlifted by a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod for further transport to the nearest hospital more than 130 miles away.

Escanaba went on to help a fishing boat crew who was taking on water, and sent a rescue and assistance team aboard the boat to help secure the source of the flooding. The cutter escorted the vessel towards shore until a 47-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester took over the escort back to homeport.

In a separate case Escanaba towed the fishing vessel Humbak, which was disabled and adrift approximately 100 miles off the New England coast to Provincetown, Mass.

Escanaba remains at the ready for response as Tropical Storm Danny approaches New England.

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