Coast Guard tows disabled sailing vessel off Cape Ann, Massachusetts

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Coast Guard search and rescue crews are towing a disabled sailing vessel about 80 miles east of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Saturday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center received notification of a 46-foot single-masted sail boat that suffered a disabling engine failure with two people aboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, home-ported in Boston, tows a 46-foot sailing vessel that became disabled Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose Rodriguez)

The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, home-ported in Boston, tows a 46-foot sailing vessel Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jose Rodriguez)

The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, home-ported in Boston, Massachusetts, diverted from patrol, arrived on scene, brought the two passengers aboard, and took the vessel in stern tow. .

“They were without engine power for about 24 hours,” said Lt. Kristina Butler, an operational unit coordinator at Sector Boston. “Our main priorities now are ensuring their safety and protecting their boat.”

Once closer to shore, the Escanaba crew is expected to transfer tow to a commercial towing company at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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