Coast Guard Terminates Fishing Vessel Voyage Off Montauk

MONTAUK, N.Y.–The U.S. Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 35-foot fishing vessel after it failed a safety inspection approximately four miles south of Montauk, N.Y., at 12:25 p.m. today.

The fishing vessel Tiami, based in Montauk, was fishing for black sea bass when the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay crew boarded it.

Coast Guard crewmembers inspected the Tiami’s safety equipment and determined the amount of fire extinguishers aboard did not meet minimum safety requirements.

The New London, Conn., based cutter Morro Bay escorted the Tiami and its one person crew into Montauk Harbor where it is to remain until the discrepancies are corrected by the crew and verified by a Coast Guard official.

“The Coast Guard is primarily concerned with commercial fishermen taking appropriate steps to exercise prudence where safety is concerned,” said Chief Petty Officer David Gilbert, First Coast Guard District Command Center Controller. “A simple thing like having fire extinguishers can make a difference between life or death while out at sea.”

Weather conditions were reported as 4 foot seas, 10 knots of wind, and 10 miles of visibility.

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