Coast Guard assisting disabled fishing boat off Long Island

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane

USCG Cutter Harriet Lane file photo

NEW YORK — The U.S. Coast Guard has sent a cutter and a rescue helicopter crew to assist a disabled fishing boat approximately 50 miles south of Shinnecock, N.Y., Tuesday Dec. 21, 2010.

The fishing boat Neskone, which has eight people onboard, contacted Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, reporting mechanical difficulties, which caused the boat to be disabled and adrift at sea.

An early morning attempt was made by a sister fishing boat, the Polaris, to rendezvous with the Neskone and take the disabled boat in tow. Polaris arrived on scene at approximately 2 a.m., however, they were unable to establish a tow due to rough weather conditions.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew is currently enroute to drop off needed mechanical parts. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, which was scheduled to arrive on scene at about 3:30 p.m., plans to establish a tow and bring the disabled fishing boat to New Bedford, Mass.

The Neskone still has a working generator onboard and its crew is reportedly in good spirits, despite 30 knot winds and 15-foot seas.

The Neskone is an 84-foot scallop vessel homeported in New Bedford, and has a working Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) onboard in case it loses radio communication with the Coast Guard.

The cutter Harriett Lane, homeported in Portsmouth, Va. is 270-foot medium endurance cutter, that was conducting a patrol in the area when it diverted to assist.

The rescue helicopter, an MH-60J is from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.

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