Coast Guard Searches for Overdue Fishing Vessel

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is searching today in Nantucket Sound for an overdue New Bedford, Mass., based fishing vessel with four people on board.

Air Station Cape Cod launched an HU-25 Falcon jet and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to search for fishing vessel Lady of Grace, which last known position was 12 miles south of Hyannis, Mass.

The Coast Guard is also issuing an urgent marine information broadcast asking any vessels in the area to be on the look out.

Sector Boston received a call 5:06 a.m. today from fishing vessel Lisa Ann II reporting that both fishing vessels were communicating routinely via e-mail 10 p.m. Friday. Lisa Ann II’s crew became concerned when the 75-foot dragger did not reply to the last e-mail.

The Coast Guard contacted the vessel’s owner, who expected the boat in New Bedford Harbor 5 a.m. today, but could not locate it at the pier after an extensive search.

On Jan. 8, Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel, a 110-foot patrol boat home ported in Woods Hole, Mass., towed fishing vessel Lady of Grace safely to Martha’s Vineyard due to a faulty generator.

A Falcon jet flew a storm track on Thursday over the fishing grounds warning mariners of cold weather expected Friday and today.

Current water temperature in the area is 34 degrees. Weather conditions are five knot winds, seas two feet, with unlimited visibility.

Source: USCG D1 Public Affairs

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