Coast Guard Responds to Disabled Fishing Vessel

BOSTON – The Coast Guard is towing a 78-foot fishing vessel to Gloucester, Mass. after the vessel became disabled and adrift approximately 82 miles northeast of Mount Desert Island, Maine.

The Coast Guard received a call from the Gloucester based 78-foot fishing vessel Michael and Kristen at 11:06 a.m. Tuesday, reporting that the vessel had five people on board and was disabled due to a spun bearing in the transmission.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca arrived on scene at 10:00 p.m.Tuesday and waited for daylight to establish safe tow with the disabled vessel at 9:33 a.m. today. The Seneca is scheduled to tow the vessel to the Gloucester area where a private tug will take relief of the tow about 11:00 a.m. tomorrow. Weather conditions were reported to be winds at 30 knots and seas were four to seven feet.

FV Michael and Kristen being towed by the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca

The disabled 78-foot Gloucester based fishing vessel Michael and Kristen retrieve the tow line from the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca in the Gulf of Maine January 9, 2007. U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

Source USCG D1 Public Affairs

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