Coast Guard ends unsafe fishing voyage

BOSTON – The Coast Guard ended a fishing trip Friday about 15 miles south of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, for the vessel’s failure to comply with safety regulations.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island, a 110-foot patrol boat based out of Portland, Maine, conducted a boarding about 5 p.m., on the Kimberly Marie, a 45-foot fishing vessel with a crew of two.

The boarding team found the vessel, which is home ported in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine, had a life raft with an expired hydrostatic release.

This is a device that will automatically deploy the life raft if submerged. Other safety deficiencies included an expired battery on the boat’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, and a radio that only had a range of two nautical miles.

These findings rendered the boat unsafe for sea and the Coast Guard terminated the voyage about 6 p.m.

“The best thing fishermen can do for their families this season is to make sure all the vessel’s safety equipment is in good working condition before heading out to sea,” said Lt. Pat Petrarca, the command duty officer at the First District Operations Center in Boston.

“We want them home safe for the holidays.”

The Kimberly Marie is headed back to port and is instructed to effect repairs to the safety equipment and pass a Coast Guard inspection before getting underway again.

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