Coast Guard assists disabled fishing vessel 40 miles east of Atlantic City, NJ

The Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin crew tows the 90-foot fishing vessel Margaret Rose to Cape May, New Jersey, April 2, 2018. The commercial fishing vessel became disabled off the coast of New Jersey due to engine problems. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Orlando)

The Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin crew tows the 90-foot fishing vessel Margaret Rose to Cape May, New Jersey, April 2, 2018.   (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Orlando)

PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard assisted a disabled fishing vessel 40 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were notified at about 10:30 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16, that the 90-foot fishing vessel Margaret Rose carrying seven people was disabled from engine failure.

Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin, homeported in Hampton Roads, Virginia to assist.

Once on scene, the Dolphin crew towed the vessel to Cape May, New Jersey, where the fishing vessel anchored and is awaiting commercial salvage.

“The captain of the fishing vessel notified the Coast Guard on his marine radio that they were in need of assistance,” said Chief Petty Officer Jacobe Hyre, the command duty officer. “We were able to get their exact location immediately and monitor their situation until help arrived because of their marine radio. It’s something we recommend every boat have because a routine trip on the water can change instantly.”

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