Coast Guard ends unsafe fishing trip

BOSTON – The Coast Guard ended a fishing vessel voyage about six miles east of Graves Light, Mass., Wednesday for not complying with safety requirements.

A crew from the New London, Conn., based Coast Guard Cutter Chinook, boarded the Anne Carole, a 40-foot lobster boat from Saugus, Mass, around 10:30 a.m.

The boarding team discovered the vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon and life raft certifications had expired, and there were no emergency signaling devices onboard.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Point Allerton escorted the vessel to Lynn Harbor, Mass., around 12:30 p.m., and instructed the crew of the Anne Carole not to get underway until all the discrepancies had been corrected.

This boarding was part of a four-day maritime domain awareness operation aimed to enhance homeland security around Boston.

“Our job is to save lives, and it is critical that mariners have all essential emergency equipment onboard their vessel and make sure it is up to regulation standards,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Barr, of the Coast Guard command center in Boston. “The sea can be an unforgiving environment and fishermen should be prepared for anything.”

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