Coast Guard assists crew of disabled fishing vessel 68 miles east of Fernandina Beach

The Coast Guard Cutter Ridley tows the Animal Control, a 30-foot fishing vessel, which became disabled 68 miles east of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. The Ridley towed the disabled vessel and its two passengers safely to Safe Harbor Marina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Ridley)

The Coast Guard Cutter Ridley tows the Animal Control, a 30-foot fishing vessel, which became disabled 68 miles east of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. The Ridley towed the disabled vessel and its two passengers safely to Safe Harbor Marina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Ridley)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted two mariners Thursday after their fishing vessel became disabled 68 miles east of Fernandina Beach.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders were notified at 8:40 a.m. that the 30-foot fishing vessel Animal Control had experienced a loss of steering and was disabled with two mariners aboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Ridley crew, an 87-foot patrol boat, launched at 11:55 a.m to assist. The Ridley crew arrived on scene at 3:00 p.m. and began towing the disabled vessel to shore.

The Charlotte Marie, the Animal Control’s sister ship, rendezvoused with the Ridley near the Mayport sea buoy at approximately 11:30 p.m. and finished towing the disabled vessel into Safe Harbor Marina.

Both mariners were reported to be in good condition.

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