Coast Guard terminates fishing vessel’s voyage dues to lack of safety equipment

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — Coast Guard boarding team members terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Bank Tank in Cape Cod Bay Aug. 5.

A Coast Guard Cutter Tybee law-enforcement team conducted a routine boarding on the Bank Tank and discovered the vessel did not have enough immersion suits aboard. There were five crewmembers aboard with only four immersion suits. Each crewmember is required by law to have an immersion suit.

The Tybee crew escorted the Bank Tank to its homeport in Plymouth, Mass.

“Immersion suits protect you from the elements,” said Ted Harrington, a fishing vessel safety coordinator at the 1st Coast Guard District. “Even though the weather is warm during the summer, the ocean doesn’t reflect the land temperature, it’s still cold.”

The Coast Guard Cutter is a 110-foot Island-Class patrol boat homeported in Woods Hole, Mass.

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