Coast Guard cutter tows boat to safety

BOSTON – The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle, a 110-foot patrol boat based in Gloucester, Mass., is towing a Gloucester-based fishing crew home today after their boat became disabled nearly 50 miles east of Boston.

The crew of four aboard the Captain Dominic radioed the Sector Boston Command Center on VHF-FM at about 5 a.m., reporting trouble with their clutch.

With 20 to 30-knot winds and nearly 15-foot seas forecasted, the Coast Guard dispatched the cutter crew who arrived on scene at about 8 a.m., and took the 65-foot-long Captain Dominic in tow.

They are currently making way toward Gloucester and are expected to return at about 3 p.m.

“The fishing fleet in Gloucester is a big part of the New England fishing industry,” said Lt John Kousch, Chief, Sector Boston Command Center. “The Grand Isle is strategically located in that community and plays an important safety role.”

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