Coast Guard boarding team terminates vessel voyage for safety concerns

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – A Coast Guard boarding team terminated a vessel voyage in the waters near Sandy Hook, N.J., today.

While performing a routine vessel safety check in Sandy Hook Bay, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay noted three violations — the 19-foot commercial fishing vessel had no life jackets on board, no sound producing device and no registration.

“Boaters are required to have life jackets on board their vessels. It’s in their best interests and it promotes safe boating,” said Michelle Krupa, a civilian watchstander in the Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center.

The Coast Guard crew escorted the vessel to the nearby Atlantic Highlands Marina and will follow up with the owner to ensure the correction of violation.

The Coast Guard stresses the importance of having the required safety equipment on-board commercial and recreational vessels at all times.

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