Coast Guard assists disabled, adrift vessel in East River

Coast Guard Cutter Wire, homeported in Bayonne, NJ, assists a 39-foot vessel disabled and adrift with three people near Hell Gate, Queens, New York. Cutter Wire took the vessel in tow until it was able to restart an engine and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew from Coast Guard Kings Point safely escorted the passengers and vessel to a safe haven. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Cutter Wire, homeported in Bayonne, NJ, assists a 39-foot vessel disabled and adrift with three people near Hell Gate, Queens, New York.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

NEW YORK — The Coast Guard assisted three boaters Friday evening aboard a disabled, adrift vessel near Hell Gate, Queens, New York.

The Coast Guard Cutter Wire notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York command center around 5 p.m., stating a 39-foot vessel was disabled and adrift near rocky shoreline.

Cutter Wire took the vessel in tow until the vessel was able to restart an engine. Once on scene, a boatcrew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Kings Point safely escorted the passengers and vessel to a safe haven.

“We’re happy our crews were able to help and prevent the situation from worsening,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York. “The Coast Guard is always ready to help mariners in distress.”

No injuries were reported.

Each year, Coast Guard crews in the Northeast conduct 2,500 search and rescue cases and save 350 lives. With more than 2,000 miles of shoreline to guard, First Coast Guard District crews remind boaters to wear their lifejackets and be prepared with all required safety gear. For more information, visit: www.uscgboating.org.

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