Coast Guard ends fishing trip due to lack of fire-fighting equipment

BUCKS HARBOR, Maine – The Coast Guard ended the voyage of a Bucks Harbor, Maine-based fishing vessel a half mile east of here Saturday, when a boarding team discovered the boat had no fire-fighting equipment.

The team, from Coast Guard Station Jonesport, boarded the 50-foot fishing vessel, Spruce Point, and ended the voyage around 2:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard escorted the Spruce Point and crew to Bucks Harbor, Maine.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, located in Portland, Maine, will coordinate a follow-up exam with the Spruce Point’s operator to ensure the boat is fitted with proper fire-fighting equipment as required by law.

“It’s extemely important for fishing crews to have the right gear onboard for their own safety,” said Senior Chief Joe Talent, command center supervisor at Sector Northern New England. “Operating a vessel at sea is one of the most unpredictably dangerous jobs, and it’s imperitive to be prepared for anything that can go wrong, and that includes an onboard fire.”

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