Coast Guard Rescues 7 Off Cape Cod

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued seven people today after they became stranded aboard a disabled charter boat in threatening seas off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass.

Coast Guard Station Chatham received a report at 10:15 a.m. that the Dear Abbie, a 34-foot sport fishing craft from Chatham, had lost electrical power and were adrift about 10 miles southeast of Monomoy Island.

The master aboard the Dear Abbie initially called a local boat yard in Chatham, who relayed the information to the Coast Guard.

Without power, the Dear Abbie had no working navigational equipment or means of relaying a position. The boat soon drifted further out to sea, and their only means of on-board communication, cell phones, were soon out of usable range.

A crew aboard a 32-foot near-shore lifeboat from Station Chatham quickly began searching the area off Monomoy Island. An HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod located the vessel at about 1:30 p.m. A rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter to check on the condition of the people aboard and confirmed all people were safe and uninjured.

The boat crew from Station Chatham took the vessel in tow. Station Chatham deployed a second boat to remove charter customers off Dear Abbie and take them back to shore, but rough seas prevented a transfer. Instead, the second crew provide blankets and water to the passengers and stayed along side during the tow.

Earlier in the day, a small craft weather warning had been posted for the area. On-scene weather conditions were 4-6 foot seas, 25 to 30 knot winds.

The Dear Abbie and the Coast Guard boats arrive safely in Chatham at about 7:45 p.m.

Mariners are reminded to monitor weather in their area, and make prudent decisions regarding posted weather warnings. Mariners are also reminded to file a float plan with a responsible party and make frequent notation of their positions in case of electronic equipment failure.

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