Coast Guard helps tangled fishing boat

BOSTON – The Coast Guard aided a Rhode Island-based fishing crew today after their boat was disabled 50 miles south of Nantucket, Mass.

The crew of the fishing vessel Cap’t Bligh contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole Mass., via a satellite phone at about 9 a.m., and reported their propeller was tangled in a fishing net. The sector issued a radio broadcast asking nearby vessels to assist, but the broadcast went unanswered.

The Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, from Sandy Hook, N.J., was directed at 10:45 a.m., to rendezvous with the Cap’t Bligh and crew and tow them back to their homeport in Point Judith, R.I.

The Sailfish arrived on scene at 3:15 p.m., and took the Cap’t Bligh in tow. They are expected to arrive in Point Judith early Saturday morning.

“The fishing crew did the right thing by calling us quickly,” said Lt. Jennifer Stockwell, the command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England. “Having the right gear on board, and being ready to use it is the key to safety at sea,” she said.

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