Fishing voyage ended early due to safety violation

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a Deer Isle, Maine-based fishing vessel about four miles southeast of Marshall Island, Maine, Wednesday, when a boarding team discovered a safety violation onboard.

The team from the Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish boarded the 42-foot fishing vessel, Jackie O, and found the vessel’s life raft was expired.

The Coast Guard terminated the crew’s voyage around 10:39 a.m., and escorted them to Stonington, Maine.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England will coordinate a follow-up exam with the crew of the Jackie O to ensure the safety issues are corrected.

“The boat’s life raft expired last year,” said Ted Harrington, the fishing vessel safety coordinator for the First Coast Guard District in Boston.

Harrington said the three keys to boating safety are to have safety equipment on board, ensure the equipment is capable of being used as designed, and to know how to use the equipment in the event of an emergency.

“Otherwise, lives could be in jeopardy,” he said.

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