Coast Guard terminates fishing vessel for safety violations

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 33-foot fishing vessel today near Port Orford, Ore., after finding multiple safety violations on the vessel.

The Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 175-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Astoria, Ore., conducted a boarding of the fishing vessel Showdown and terminated its voyage for an expired life raft, expired Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), expired flares and failure to meet proper drill requirements.

The Coast Guard periodically checks vessels for compliance with the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act, which sets safety equipment requirements aboard commercial vessels. By law, vessel operators must ensure their vessels have the required equipment on board. This can prevent loss of life and Coast Guard voyage terminations that cost valuable fishing time.

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