Coast Guard crews rescue stranded fishing vessel

BOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews from Maine towed a stranded fishing vessel to Portland, Maine, Monday after a Sunday distress call.

Watchstanders from the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center received a distress call from the fishing vessel Prudence from a satellite phone at 12:57 p.m., Sunday. Crewmembers on Prudence stated that the fishing vessel was adrift with four persons aboard approximately 110 miles east of Gloucester, Mass.

The Coast Guard Cutter Moray was launched to tow the vessel back to Portland, Maine, where it is scheduled to coordinate with Coast Guard Station South Portland to conduct the rest of the towing operations.

“The Prudence had all the necessary safety equipment, and a satellite phone,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Josh A. Morales, a search and rescue watchstander at the 1st Coast Guard District’s command center in Boston. “They also told a family member where they were going, so we had a point of contact to help us find them.”

Coast Guard strategically places cutters and their crews in areas where they can quickly respond to mariners in trouble. A quick response to at-sea emergencies saves property and the lives of local mariners.

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