Coast Guard tows, helps repair disabled fishing vessel ahead of storm

BOSTON – As a New England storm approaches, the Coast Guard towed and helped repair a disabled fishing vessel with six people aboard about 125 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass.

The McKinley, a 94-foot lobster boat from Fall River, Mass., contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England around 10:20 p.m., Sunday after experiencing engine failure, and requested assistance due to the upcoming storm.

A crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma boarded the vessel to assist the McKinley’s crew repair their engine. In the meantime, Tahoma began towing the vessel toward Nomans Island, Mass.

After making repairs and testing the engine, te Tahoma released the McKinley from the tow and is now escorting the vessel to Nomans Island.

The Coast Guard crew, temporarily aboard the Tahoma, is from the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, which is currently undergoing routine maintenance.

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