Four fishermen and dog stranded 90 miles off New Jersey

NEW YORK – Four Massachusetts fishermen and a dog are reportedly stranded 90-miles east of Sandy Hook, N.J., at approximately 12 p.m., today.

The captain of the 80-foot fishing boat, Megan Marie, home ported in New Bedford, Mass., contacted Coast Guard Sector New York via emergency radio to notify them that a net is tangled in the propeller.

The Coast Guard quickly issued a marine assistance request broadcast (MARB) for vessels in the area, and began making preparations to assist the Megan Marie.

The Coast Guard Cutter Reliance, a 210-foot cutter homeported in Portsmouth, N.H., was diverted and is now en route to assist the Megan Marie.

“We asked that the fishermen don their survival gear to be safe when they first contacted us,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brian McClung, a search and rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector New York. “Right now the ship has electrical power, however they are immobilized due to the prop. We are on a schedule where we communicate with the vessel every 15 minutes until the Reliance gets on scene and we can establish the best possible way to get them to safety.”

The weather in the vicinity of the Megan Marie is 25-30 mph winds and 9-12 foot waves.

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