Coast Guard Cutter Seneca towing disabled Canadian fishing vessel

BOSTON – A Boston-based Coast Guard cutter crew is towing a Canadian fishing vessel today after it became disabled Sunday, about 340 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass.

The crew of the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Seneca received a call from the Coast Guard Atlantic Area command center in Portsmouth, Va., around 4 p.m., Sunday, reporting the 145-foot stern trawler, Grand Count lost propulsion after the boat’s clutch burned out.

The Grand Count, based in Nova Scotia, Canada, was bound for Venezuela.

The Seneca crew began towing the Grand Count and its five-person crew around 12:30 p.m., Monday.

The commercial tug Atlantic Beach is scheduled to meet the Seneca and Grand Count around 3 p.m., today, and finish towing the Grand Count to Shelburne Harbor in Nova Scotia.

“We kept in contact with the Grand Count’s crew to make sure they were safe while they waited for the cutter to arrive,” said Petty Officer First Class Gerald Welton, a Coast Guard First District watchstander. “There are no reports of any injuries and we are glad we could help out the crew and get them to safety.”

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