Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel after e-mail request for assistance

CAPE MAY, N.J. - Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, homeported in Cape May, tow the 71-foot fishing boat, Nordic Viking, 100 miles east of Cape May, April 12, 2011. The Nordic Viking and its crew had engine problems and became disabled. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Eichholz.

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Christian Eichholz

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard towed a 71-foot fishing boat with three people aboard after their vessel became disabled 100 miles off the coast of Cape May, N.J., Wednesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Cape May received a call at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday from The Lobster House Fish House in Cape May reporting they received an e-mail from the crew of the Nordic Viking stating they had become disabled due to engine problems.  They requested Coast Guard assistance due to the deteriorating weather and heavy fog.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, a 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter homeported in Cape May, arrived on scene and towed the Nordic Viking and its crew for roughly 16 hours before safely transferring them to a Sea Tow vessel in the vicinity of Cape May Harbor at approximately 9 a.m., Wednesday.

“Commercial fishing is a dangerous job,” said Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Graham, a Boatswain’s Mate aboard the Vigorous. “We are grateful that we were in the right the place at the right time to render assistance.”

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