Coast Guard ends unsafe fishing trip

BOSTON – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel today at 2:20 p.m., three miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., after discovering the crew did not have enough safety gear aboard.

The Coast Guard Cutter Hammerhead, an 87-foot patrol boat from Woods Hole, Mass., boarded the fishing vessel Corvo II at 2 p.m., and found the four-person crew had only three survival suits and no other personal floatation devices aboard.

The Hammerhead was relieved by a boat crew from Station Menemsha, Mass., at 4:11 p.m., who is escorting the Corvo II back to New Bedford, Mass.

The Coast Guard instructed the master of the Corvo II not to get underway until the boat had adequate safety gear aboard.

“Fishermen need to make sure they have all the right gear aboard, especially as we’re moving into the winter months,” said Lt. Aurora Fleming of the First District Command Center in Boston. “If they don’t have what they need to keep themselves safe and alive, we’ll take action to ensure they do.”

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