Coast Guard assisting disabled fishing vessel off Montauk, N.Y.

Coast Guard District 1 NewsNEW YORK – The U.S. Coast Guard is currently assisting a fishing vessel that was disabled and adrift approximately 75 miles south of Montauk Point, N.Y., today.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., received the call for help from the master of the 75-foot fishing vessel, Olympic Javelin, at 11:15 p.m. Monday, reporting his vessel was experiencing engine problems and was unable to make way. The master reported four people aboard the fishing vessel.

A rescue jet crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., was dispatched at 1:30 a.m. to the scene and established communications with the crew of the Olympic Javelin just after 2:30 a.m. The Coast Guard Cutter Bainbridge Island, homeported in Sandy Hook, N.J., was deployed at 1 a.m. to provide on scene assistance.

The Bainbridge Island crew arrived on scene at approximately 9 a.m. and successfully passed a tow line to the crew of the Olympic Javelin. The vessel is currently being towed to an offshore location near Barnegat Light, N.J., estimated to arrive early Wednesday. On arrival, the tow is scheduled to be passed to a commercial towing provider for transit to Barnegat Light.

“There has been excellent coordination between the multiple Coast Guard resources and the vessel’s management personnel onshore to assist these mariners,” said Lt. j.g. Tim Kessell, the Sector Long Island Sound command duty officer on watch during the rescue.

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