Coast Guard crews tow disabled fishing vessel to New Bedford

BOSTON — Coast Guard crews assisted a fishing vessel and towed it to New Bedford, Mass., Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from the fishing vessel Italian Princess at approximately 10 p.m. stating they were taking on water 32 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., with seven people aboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Spencer and the Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish were diverted to assist with dewatering operations. A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew was also launched.

The Coast Guard Cutters Spencer and Flyingfish performed dewatering operations and determined the vessel was not repairable at sea. The Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish is towing the vessel to New Bedford, Mass., and are due to arrive Friday at approximately 2 p.m.

“Many assets were on scene and worked cohesively to perform a safe tow,” said Richard Elliot, a command center controller at Sector Southeastern New England. “They used dewatering equipment from both ships to effectively keep the boat floating.”

The 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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