Coast Guard boarding team terminates vessel voyage for safety concerns

Coast Guard District 1 News NEW YORK – A Coast Guard boarding team terminated a vessel voyage in the waters near Sandy Hook, N.J., today.

While performing a routine vessel safety check four miles from Sandy Hook, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Bainbridge Island noted one violation – the 36-foot commercial fishing vessel had only one immersion suit for the two people aboard.

“Our primary concern is for the safety of the maritime community,” said Patrick Petrarca, an operations specialist with Coast Guard Sector New York. “Winter conditions on the water can be dangerous, and it is important that mariners are properly equipped to handle those challenges.”

The Coast Guard crew escorted the vessel to Sandy Hook, and will follow up with the owner to ensure the correction of violation.

The Coast Guard stresses the importance of having the required safety equipment on-board commercial and recreational vessels at all times.


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