Coast Guard Battles Rough Seas to Assist Disabled Boat

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is towing a disabled 77-foot Westport, Mass., based lobster boat with five people aboard to Provincetown, Mass., after it became stranded approximately 50 miles east of Nantucket, Mass., about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, homeported in Boston, fought through 30-knot winds, 12-foot seas and freezing temperatures Tuesday night to assist the fishing vessel Direction after the boat’s propeller became fouled.

A Coast Guard Station Provincetown, Mass., boat crew is scheduled to take over towing efforts outside of Cape Cod Bay about 3 p.m. and safely moor the Direction.

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca Crewman fire a line gun to the F/V Direction
A crewman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca uses a line gun to propel a heaving line to the disabled fishing vessel Direction about 50 miles east of Nantucket Tuesday.

F/V Direction preparing to be towed by the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca
The Fishing Vessel Direction prepares to be towed by the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca about 50 miles east of Nantucket Tuesday. Photos provided by Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

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