Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island ends fishing voyage for safety violations

Coast Guard District 1 NewsBOSTON- The Coast Guard ended the voyage of a fishing vessel for safety violations approximately one mile off the coast of Long Island, Maine Friday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island boared the 31-foot fishing vessel No Frills, finding numerous safety violations. Infractions included no fire extinguishers and no distress signals on board.

The fishing vessel was escorted by cutter Jefferson Island to a safe harbor in Bass Harbor, Maine. Inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Northen New England will do a follow-up inspection.

“It’s important and required for all commercial fishing vessels operating in the New England environment to have all the proper safty gear in case of emergencies,” said Chief Petty Officer Randy Bucklin of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

The Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program is designed to implement and enforce fishing vessel regulations through communication and education.

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