Coast Guard Cutter Mako tows vessel in distress

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard towed a vessel that had become disabled approximately 100 nautical miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., Friday.

The 71-foot commercial fishing vessel Olivia & Rafaela, alerted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that it had became disabled at approximately 6:30 a.m. Aug. 23, 2012.

The Coast Guard Cutter Mako launched and arrived on scene at 5:00 p.m. Thursday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mako towed the vessel to an anchorage in Nantucket Sound Friday. The Coast Guard conducted a post search-and-rescue boarding and issued a violation for insufficient life rings. The tugboat Jaguar arrived at 1:15 p.m. and is towing the Olivia & Rafaela to New Bedford, Mass.

“The Mako’s crew safely got the fishing vessel to Nantucket,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Carson Russell, a search and rescue controller at Sector Southeastern New England. “We responded quickly and our crews performed well.”

The Coast Guard Cutter Mako an 87-foot patrol boat, in the “Marine Protector” class and named for marine animals. The Mako was built at Bollinger Shipyard in Lockport, La., and entered service in September 1998 in Cape May, N.J.

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