Coast Guard Station Chatham assists disabled fishing vessel

BOSTON — A Station Chatham, Mass. 42-foot rescue boat crew assisted a disabled fishing vessel 17 miles east of Chatham at 11 p.m. Saturday after the 76-foot boat with four people on board lost power.

The fishing vessel Maria Jo-Ann called Sector Southeastern New England at 9:30 report it was adrift and taking on water in 2-to-3-foot seas.

Station Chatham launched at 10 p.m. and arrived on scene at 11 p.m., and the crew passed a pump and portable radio over to the stern trawler, home ported in Boston.

The fishing boat crew were able to restore power at 12:25 a.m. and the vessel is returning to Boston today.

The Chatham rescue boat stood by until 1:12 a.m. to make sure the fishing boat did not lose power again, and the Maria Jo-Ann is maintaining radio contact with the Coast Guard as it transits to port.

Two Coast Guard cutters were diverted to assist, but resumed normal operations when the fishing boat was able to maintain power.

“The fishing boat had no ability to pump out water coming in, so we launched to pass them a pump and to stand by if the situation got worse,” said Chief Petty Officer Charles Morgan, the operations officer at Station Chatham. “We were glad the crew was able to restore power and everybody is safe.”

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