Coast Guard brings fishing boat, crew to safety

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard towed a Rye Harbor, N.H., fishing vessel to safety Thursday, after it was disabled 43 miles southeast of Portland, Maine, at 11 a.m.

After the battery onboard the Ann Marie died, the crew called the Coast Guard on channel 16 VHF/FM for help.

The Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish, on patrol about 17 miles from the Ann Marie, established communications with the crew and made way toward them. The 87-foot, Boston-based cutter arrived on scene at about 11 a.m., and soon after, had the Ann Marie in tow. The Flyingfish set a course toward Portland Head Light, where a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station South Portland relieved the tow around 6:15 p.m.

The motor lifeboat crew towed the the Ann Marie and four-person crew to the Portland Fish Co-op, where they safely moored around 7:30 p.m.

“The crew of the Ann Marie was happy to be at the pier,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Stuart, the motor lifeboat operator.

Stewart said the fishing crew expected to continue fishing Friday morning.

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