Coast Guard terminates vessel voyage for safety issues

Coast Guard District 1 NewsNEW YORK – A boarding team from Coast Guard Station New Haven, Conn., terminated a vessel voyage in the waters south of Sachem Head, near Guilford, Conn., today.

While conducting a joint agency operation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), a boarding team comprised of Coast Guard and DEEP personnel noted three violations: the 40-foot fishing vessel was missing a fire extinguisher, had no day shapes and no sound-producing device.

“We work closely with the Department of Environmental Protection,” said Mark Averill, a command duty officer with the Coast Guard command center in New Haven, Conn. “Our primary concern in this instance was the safety of the fishing vessel; the voyage was terminated due to safety issues.”

The vessel was escorted to its homeport of Guilford Harbor. The Coast Guard will follow up with the owner to ensure the correction of violations.

The Coast Guard stresses the importance of having the required safety equipment on board commercial and recreational vessels at all times.

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