Update: Coast Guard assists disabled Canadian sailors

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — A U.S. Coast Guard crew assisted two sailors back to port after their 35-foot sailboat became disabled approximately 40 miles east of Southwest Harbor, Maine, Wednesday.

Crews from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat to assist at approximately 12:30 p.m. At 3:51 p.m., the boatcrews were on scene with the vessel and established a tow, reporting occasional 12-foot waves.

The boatcrew was forced to tack during the return trip in order to safely navigate with a tow. The sailing vessel and crew were reported safely moored at Manset Dock in Southwest Harbor at 10:21 p.m. Coast Guard crews were underway for nearly 10 hours.

“The weather was rough with heavy winds, rough seas and low visibility, and we’re glad to get them back safely,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Bret Radwanksi, a Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor crewmember. “Cases like this are exactly why we train, and to put it to use is extremely rewarding.

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