Coast Guard assisting disabled lobster boat

BOSTON — A Coast Guard cutter is towing a Rhode Island lobster boat to safety, after it became disabled about 92 miles southeast of Point Judith, R.I. on Monday.

The 62-foot lobster boat, Sakonnet Lobster from Sakonnet Point, R.I., used an on board satellite phone to contact Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at 6:18 p.m., Monday, for assistance after a line became lodged in the boat’s propellers and the starter burned out.

The sector issued a marine assistance broadcast asking mariners in the area to assist the disabled boat, but did not receive a response. The sector dispatched Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel, a 110-foot patrol boat based in Woods Hole, Mass., which took the Sakonnet Lobster in tow around 8 a.m., Tuesday, and plans to tow it to Point Judith, R.I.

The cutter and lobster boat are expected to arrive in Point Judith around 6 p.m., Tuesday. A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Judith is planning to meet the pair outside the harbor to complete the tow into port.

Currently on scene there are four-knot winds and 4-6 foot seas with 10 miles of visibility.

“We are expecting gale force winds later tonight and wanted to make sure the crew made it back safely before the bad weather rolled in,” said Richard Elliot, the operational unit controller at Sector Southeastern New England.

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