Coast Guard crew assists disabled fishing vessel near Sands Point, New York

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

NEW YORK – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Kings Point assisted a disabled vessel with six people aboard near Execution Rocks, in Mamaroneck, New York, Friday morning.

At approximately 12:37 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center received a phone call that an 18-foot fishing vessel with six people aboard was disabled near Execution Rocks, near Sands Point, N.Y.

The command center discovered the vessel had no GPS aboard and their cell phone batteries were low, and issued a marine assistance radio broadcast to mariners in the area who could potentially help. Sector watchstanders also launched a rescue boatcrew from Station Kings Point.

The station boatcrew arrived on scene and safely towed the vessel to Everett’s Marina in City Island, NY.

“We want to make sure that mariners both recreational and commercial are safe while operating on the water,” said Cdr. Richard Sansone, the search and rescue missions coordinator, Sector New York command center. “Before heading out on the water ask yourself, is your vessel and safety equipment in good working order? In a moment’s notice conditions can worsen and ensuring your equipment is handy and functional could be the difference that could save your life.”

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