Coast Guard assists disabled scallop boat

BOSTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Tybee is en route to assist a disabled 73-foot New Bedford, Mass.,-based scallop boat today 70 miles east of Chatham, Mass.

The fishing vessel Voyager I contacted the Coast Guard to report that they were disabled and adrift after the boat’s propellers became tangled in a fishing net. Sector Southeastern New England issued a radio-based marine assistance broadcast, requesting nearby vessels assist Voyager I, but received no response.

An Air Station Cape Cod Falcon jet, diverted from a routine patrol, located the fishing vessel and radioed the boat, which requested a tow to shore.

The Tybee, a 110-foot patrol boat based out of Woods Hole, Mass., is expected to arrive on scene about 9 p.m., and plans to take the fishing vessel in tow.

Weather on scene is 2-3 foot seas with 10 knot winds.

“We are in radio contact with Voyager I,” said Chief Petty Officer Scott Newberry with Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “The crew is not in distress, but the marine environment, especially in winter, is an unpredictable and often unforgiving place, and our goal is to get them to shore safely.”

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  1. David Witte says:

    Great Job CG
    Everytime I see that CG C130 fly over when I am out in my boat it gives me a real feeling of security.