Coast Guard ends unsafe fishing trip

BOSTON – The Coast Guard sent a Jonesport, Maine, fishing crew back to port today because their boat was missing required lifesaving equipment while they were fishing for lobster about five miles south of Moose Peak Lighthouse in Maine.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Jonesport boarded the 34-foot Hee Haw at 2 p.m., and discovered that the boat was carrying an uncharged fire extinguisher, expired flares and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon with expired registration.

The boat crew escorted the Hee Haw back to its homeport of Beals Island in Jonesport where it safely moored at 3:40 p.m.

“The Hee Haw cant get underway again until all three problems are corrected and the vessel is inspected by a Coast Guard official,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Tonya Morris, the officer of the day at Station Jonesport. “Fishing without the proper lifesaving equipment is a risk that should never be taken.”

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