Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel crew rescues stranded fisherman

The Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel crew throws a towline to the fishing vessel Discovery Friday, May 20, 2016, after the Discovery's rudder became disabled approximately 100 miles off Nantucket's coast. The Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat homeported in Woods Hole. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Fireman Brian Krebs

The Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel crew throws a towline to the fishing vessel Discovery Friday, May 20, 201. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Fireman Brian Krebs

BOSTON – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel towed an 84-foot commercial fishing vessel Friday with seven people aboard after the vessel became disabled 100 miles off the coast of Nantucket.

Crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Discovery, homeported in New Bedford, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern’s command center at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday reporting they had a disabled rudder and needed assistance.

Sector Southeastern watchstanders issued a marine safety information broadcast at about 3 a.m. requesting nearby fishermen to assist. The request went unanswered by the other fishing vessels in the area.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., the Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel crew diverted to assist.

The Sanibel arrived on scene at about 11:30 a.m. and took the Discovery into tow toward Great Round Shoal.

Once closer to shore at about 10:30 p.m., the Sanibel passed the Discovery’s tow to a commercial salvage company who towed the Discovery into New Bedford.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat homeported in Woods Hole. The crew’s missions range from protecting and enforcing laws for America’s living marine economy to search and rescue.

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