Coast Guard ends unsafe fishing trip

BOSTON – The Coast Guard sent a fishing crew back to port today because their scallop boat was missing important life-saving equipment about four miles off of Prospect Harbor, Maine.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Moray, from Jonesport, Maine, boarded the 43-foot Canadian Exchange at approximately 5 p.m., and discovered the boat had no life raft on board.

The Coast Guard terminated the fishing vessel’s voyage at approximately 5:40 p.m. The Canadian Exchange and its crew were sent back to Prospect Harbor and instructed not to get underway until the discrepancy is corrected.

“Commercial vessels greater than 36 feet and operating within 12 nautical miles of the coast are required to carry a life raft,” said Lt. John Rice, of the First District Command Center in Boston. “A life raft can be a mariner’s first and last hope in an emergency. Every vessel should have a properly working life raft in good condition installed, and every member of the crew should know how to operate it.”

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