Coast Guard Cutter tows Canadian fishing boat

ATLANTIC OCEAN – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is towing a disabled 145-foot Canadian fishing vessel today more than 400 miles off the New Jersey Coast.

At 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Coast Guard received a radio distress message stating the fishing vessel Grand Knight was disabled and adrift in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Canadian fishing boat suffered a generator malfunction while en route to Panama. The fishing boat lost all electrical power and began drifting in 12-15 foot waves with winds exceeding 20 knots. The boat and her six-man crew attempted to make repairs.

Once on scene, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable, homeported in Cape May, N.J., maneuvered within 20 yards of the disabled fishing boat and passed a tow line. The tow line was quickly secured between both boats, and the fishing vessel was taken in tow.

“The crew of the Dependable displayed exceptional teamwork as all hands aided in completion of the evolution,” said Lt. j.g. Timothy McDonald.

This rescue effort marks the second year in a row the crew of the Dependable came to the aid of distressed boaters during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan McKenna said, “If we had to be out here during the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re just glad to be helping someone.”

The Grand Knight is currently being towed to Boston Harbor.

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