Coast Guard assists disabled vessel in Canadian waters

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard towed an Eastport, Maine, recreational boat to safety after it became disabled near Cherry Isle, Canada, Thursday at 10:25 a.m.

A Good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Station Eastport, Maine, that the 17-foot skiff was losing power and had no radio onboard.

The station crew established communications with the disabled vessel by telephone before launching their 25-foot response boat.

Once on scene, the station crew determined there was no commercial salvage available and towed the vessel to Eastport.

“Even if the conditions on the water are great, it’s important to be prepared,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Murry, coxswain of the response boat. “A good idea would be to have multiple means of communication while on the water, in case your primary method fails, you have a backup.”

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