Coast Guard Cutter Dependable to tow disabled New Bedford, Mass., boat in New Hampshire

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — A New Jersey-based U.S. Coast Guard crew is en route to tow a disabled New Bedford, Mass., fishing boat to port after it became disabled more than 20 miles southeast of Portsmouth, N.H., Thursday.

The four-person crew of the 75-foot stern trawler Bulldog used their radio to contact watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Command Center to report the vessel’s engine shaft had broken and they needed assistance.

The watchstanders issued a marine assistance broadcast requesting any mariners in the area to assist, but did not receive any responses.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor was launched and the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, based in Cape May, N.J., was diverted from Cape Cod Bay.

“After the station boat crew arrived on scene, they initially thought they would be able to tow the vessel, but given the poor weather conditions and the size of the boat, towing the trawler exceeded the limitations of the 47-foot boat,” said Chris Berry, the search and rescue controller at the sector command center.

The 210-foot Dependable is expected to arrive on scene around midnight and tow the Bulldog and its crew to Gloucester, Mass. Sector command center watchstanders in South Portland, Maine, have the trawler on a 30 minute communication schedule to en sure the safety of the vessel and its crew.

There are no reports of injuries.

On scene weather conditions were 30-knot winds, 8 to 10-foot seas and about two miles of visibility.

The Coast Guard’s readiness and constant presence on America’s coasts and waterways enable a fast, flexible response to crisis.

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