Disabled New Bedford boat towed to safety

BOSTON- The Coast Guard is towing a New Bedford-based fishing vessel after the boat lost propulsion about 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass., around 7:30 a.m. Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call at 7:48 a.m., from Coast Guard Sector Northern New England reporting that the fishing vessel Alaska was disabled due to a broken clutch and needed to be towed back to port.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Tybee, a 110-foot patrol boat, launched from Woods Hole, Mass., and arrived on scene around 8:45 p.m., to help the crew aboard the 92-foot fishing boat.

The crew of the Tybee plans to tow the Alaska to Nomans Land, an island south of Menemsha, Mass., where the vessel’s owner will arrange for a commercial company to take over the tow.

On scene winds were around 12 miles per hour with seas between two and four feet and good visibility.

No injuries were reported of the eight crewmembers aboard the Alaska.

“It will take the crew of the Tybee twice as long to return with the 171 gross ton vessel in tow,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Leazott, a search and rescue controller working the case at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “We will be in touch with the Tybee crew every four hours to check the progress of the tow.”

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