Coast Guard Assisting Disabled Fishing Vessel

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is assisting a 74-foot New Bedford, Mass., based fishing vessel with three people aboard disabled approximately 35 nautical miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., today.

The Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter home-ported in Kittery, Maine, is en route to tow the Creole Belle and is expected on scene this afternoon. The forecasted offshore weather this evening is 30-knot winds and six to 10-foot seas. The Coast Guard is maintaining a 30-minute communications schedule with the vessel and is closely monitoring the situation.

The crew of the Creole Belle notified Coast Guard Station Brant Point about 5:19 p.m. Wednesday that the vessel had lost main propulsion and requested assistance. Sector Southeastern New England issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast asking vessels in the area to assist, but none were able to assist.

Last week the Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, homeported in Sandy Hook, N.J., responded to the disabled fishing vessel Diligence. The Diligence was facing similar problems as the Creole Belle before the Sailfish arrived on scene to assist.

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