Coast Guard, Navy assist disabled vessel

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard and Navy are assisting a disabled vessel with one person onboard 155 miles east of Wachapreague, Va.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a signal from an electronic position-indicating radio beacon from the Gypsy Dane at 7:45 a.m..

The watchstanders also received an e-mail from the crew of the motor tanker Bro Provider who were in the area and heard a distress call from the operator of the Gypsy Dane reporting a steering casualty.

The Coast Guard diverted the Cutter Seneca and a Falcon jet from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., to assist.

The crew of the USS Gonzalez heard the mayday call and diverted to the scene, providing provisions and a repair and maintenance team to try to fix the steering.

The Coast Guard jet returned to the air station after the Navy arrived on scene.

USS Gonzalez will remain on scene until the arrival of the Cutter Seneca.

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