Coast Guard cutter tows disabled fishing boat

BOSTON – The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable is towing a disabled fishing boat 75 miles east of Chatham, Mass.

The 88-foot Moragh K’s crew reported to the Coast Guard that the vessel’s propeller had become fouled and they were adrift.

The Coast Guard issued a radio-based marine assistance broadcast, requesting nearby vessels assist the New Bedford-based stern trawler, but received no response.

The Dependable, a 210-foot cutter from Cape May, N.J., arrived on scene with the Moragh K at about noon. The Dependable is towing the vessel toward Cape Cod Bay and is scheduled to be relieved by a commercial tow Thursday morning.

The on-scene seas are about four to seven feet and the winds are 20-30 knots. The air temperature is estimated at 48 degrees and the water temperature at 46 degrees.

“The marine environment, especially now that winter has set in, is an unpredictable and often unforgiving place,” said Chief Petty Officer Scott Newberry, of Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “It’s absolutely imperative that crews have their emergency plans laid out and their safety gear onboard.”

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