Coast Guard terminates fishing trip

Coast Guard Cutter Legare

USCGC Legare file photo

BOSTON — A Coast Guard crew terminated the voyage of a 48-foot tuna fishing boat approximately 150 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Legare boarded the fishing boat Hot Tuna and discovered the boat did not have a life ring, its flares expired prior to 2007, the life raft expired in 2009, the hydrostatic release on the emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) expired in 2005, and the battery of the EPIRB failed when tested.

“All of this equipment is essential for the safety of the crew,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Bayer, the search and rescue controller at the First Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston. “This gear can save your life if you find yourself in distress and to not have it on board your vessel can put you and your crew in a dangerous and potentially deadly situation.”

The two-person crew of the Hot Tuna, homeported in Harwich, Mass., was directed to return to homeport and restricted from getting underway until the discrepancies are corrected and verified by Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England personnel.

The Hot Tuna crew is en route toward Nantucket, Mass., where they will be met by Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous for escort to Great Round Shoal.

The boats are expected to arrive sometime Thursday morning.

“With temperatures dropping it’s more important than ever that mariners ensure they have the proper, required gear on board their vessel and make sure it’s in good, working order,” said Bayer. “We are boarding vessels to ensure they meet the requirements in hopes that this gear would save their life if they were in the position to need it.”

The cutter Legare is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

The cutter Vigorous is a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Cape May, NJ.

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2 Comments

  1. jd says:

    How can a NY state registered fishing vessel that is a 48′ Dixon built in Canada at Dixon Marine Group be listed as 5 net tonnes on their NMFS tuna permit, and is not federally documented fishing vessel?!

    http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_01/46cfr67_01.html

    This boat is required by law to be a registered commercial fishing vessel, clearly a 48′ canadian boat cannot be so, so they claim it is a 5 ton state registered vessel. If they tried to do a certificate of admeasurement, which they did not since it is NY state registered, a 48′ Dixon no way can be 5 net tonnes or less. The CG should be looking into this a bit deeper. This boat is skirting the lawas since day 1:

    -Not legally registered per CG law as a comml fishing vessel since is way over 5 net tons

    -caught in 2003 with 5 tuna on board and lied to the CG then:

    http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/releases2004/jun04/noaa04-r151.html

    -caught in 2010 for safety violations