Coast Guard terminates fishing vessel voyage for safety violations

Coast Guard District 1 NewsBOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel due to safety concerns approximately 13 miles southeast of Portland, Maine, Sunday.

A boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Boston, noted that there was inadequate safety gear aboard the 45-foot Still Mis Behavin and terminated their voyage.

The boarding team noted that the vessel’s crew did not have the required amount of fire extinguishers or safety flares, the life raft was not mounted in the proper location and their emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) had expired.

“Especially in the unforgiving winter maritime environment it is vitally important that all mariners are equipped with the basic lifesaving gear that will allow them to save themselves in an emergency, or at a minimum buy some time until lifesavers can arrive on scene to help,” said Cmdr. Charles Fosse, Spencer’s commanding officer. “Seneca’s crew is committed to verifying compliance with all safety regulations during our routing boardings to ensure our fellow mariners are safe on the water.”

The Still Mis Behavin was escorted to Harpswell, Maine, by Seneca and Coast Guard Station South Portland crews.

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