Coast Guard Terminates Fishing Boats Voyage

FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the commercial-fishing vessel Cristy Lee, homeported in Everglades City, Fla., due to a safety violation, 47-miles southwest of Cape Romano, Fla., at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Marlin, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., conducted a boarding of the Cristy Lee Tuesday morning and terminated the 47-foot vessel’s voyage for an expired battery and hydrostatic release on the vessel’s Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

The vessel was ordered to return to its homeport where the master of the vessel will need to correct the violation and have the vessel re-examined by a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiner before it can resume its voyage.

The Coast Guard periodically inspects fishing vessels for compliance with the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act, which requires commercial-fishing vessels to maintain on-board safety items including EPIRBs, personal flotation devices, life rafts, fire-fighting equipment and an operating bilge system.

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