Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet tows disabled boat, finds numerous safety violations

5th Coast Guard District News
MANASQUAN INLET, N.J. – The Coast Guard towed a disabled 75-foot fishing vessel with three people aboard Tuesday after the boat lost power approximately two miles offshore.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet received a call from the captain of the fishing vessel Ocean One reporting they lost all power and did not have enough anchor line to anchor.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from the station responded, and once on scene, the Coast Guard crew realized Ocean One’s forward tow bit was broken in half. Using Ocean One’s bridle, the MLB crew towed the disabled boat to a pier in Point Pleasant Beach where it was inspected.

“After inspecting this boat, we found several safety violations, making it a hazard for the people aboard and potentially others in the water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Gera, a boarding officer from Station Manasquan Inlet. “The three people were wearing their life jackets but keeping a boat in a good, safe condition is crucial to ensure safety on the water. The Coast Guard urges all boaters to check the condition and function of their boat’s gear prior to getting underway.”

For more information on boating safety please visit the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Resource Center or the National Maritime Center.

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