Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle Tows Disabled Boat To Safety

BOSTON – A Gloucester, Mass.,-based Coast Guard cutter crew towed a disabled fishing boat to Rockland, Maine today.

The Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle was dispatched Monday to assist the seven fishermen aboard the 90-foot Huntress, which lost engine power 100 miles east of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

The 110-foot Grand Isle and its crew arrived at 7 p.m. Monday, hooked a towline to the Huntress, and began the 90-mile trip back toward land.

The fishing vessel Western Sea met the Grand Isle just off of Rockland at 9:30 a.m., today and relieved the tow and took the Huntress into port. They arrived at about 11:30 a.m.

“Fortunately, the seas weren’t as bad as we expected, but the fog was so thick in some spots we couldn’t even see the tow behind us,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Milliken, crewman on the Grand Isle. “In that case, we’ll have a tow watch at all times and keep a 30-minute communication schedule with the fishing boat.”

The Grand Isle resumed routine fisheries patrols.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Rockland boarded the Huntress at the dock for further evaluation.

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