Coast Guard cutter brings fishing crew to safety

BOSTON – The crew aboard the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma assisted three fishermen yesterday after the propeller on their boat became fouled 75 miles southeast of Rhode Island.

At about 3:45 p.m., Saturday, the crew of the 43-foot Kelly Sea, a Portland, Maine-based boat, radioed the Coast Guard and reported they had lost propulsion and were adrift.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, located in Woods Hole, Mass., established a 30-minute communication schedule with the Kelly Sea.

The Tahoma, about 70 miles from the Kelly Sea’s crew, made a course toward them and arrived near midnight. They waited until daylight, which provided optimal conditions to attach the tow line.

They began towing, about 8 a.m., toward New Bedford, Mass.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tybee was schedule to relieve the Tahoma last night in Rhode Island Sound. A 47-foot motor life boat from Station Menemsha, Mass., is schedule to relieve the Tybee tomorrow and take the Kelly Sea into port in New Bedford, where they can assess their propeller and begin repairs.

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