Coast Guard aids crab fishermen aboard disabled vessel near Humboldt Bay

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay tows the 32-foot commercial fishing vessel Comet after it became disabled approximately two miles southwest of the Humboldt Bay south spit, Feb. 6, 2018.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay tows the 32-foot commercial fishing vessel Comet after it became disabled approximately two miles southwest of the Humboldt Bay south spit, Feb. 6, 2018.

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard assisted two Dungeness crab fishermen aboard a 32-foot commercial fishing vessel approximately two miles southwest of the Humboldt Bay south spit, Tuesday.

The fishing vessel Comet’s crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 around 10:30 a.m., reporting a loss of propulsion due to a fouled prop.

Watchstanders issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast to ask for help from other boaters in the area. With no response to the Marine Assistance Request Broadcast, the officer of the day dispatched a crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay to assist. A rescue crew launched aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and arrived on scene approximately 30 minutes after the initial call.

The Coast Guard crew placed the Comet in stern tow and helped moor the vessel at Woodley Island Marina around 1:30 p.m.

The crew of the Comet did not report any injuries.


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