Coast Guard towing disabled fishing vessel to safety

BOSTON – Coast Guard crews are towing a Truro, Mass.-based fishing vessel after the boat became disabled about nine miles east of Chatham, Mass., around 12:45 p.m., today.

The seven-person crew aboard the Jillian, a 68-foot scalloper, radioed Coast Guard Station Chatham reporting the boat was disabled due to engine failure.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England issued a marine radio broadcast asking mariners in the area to assist, but received no response.

A 44-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Chatham launched to assist the disabled Jillian and arrived on scene around 3:45 p.m., to take the vessel in tow.

Another boat crew from Coast Guard Station Provincetown, Mass., took over the tow around 7:15 p.m., about three miles east of South Wellfleet, Mass., and plan to tow the Jillian to Provincetown tonight.

No injuries have been reported.

On scene winds are gusting to nearly 30 miles-per-hour and seas swells are around six feet.

“The crew was fortunate to have had a back-up generator onboard the vessel,” said Petty Officer First Class Dennis McCann, officer of the day at Coast Guard Station Chatham. “The generator was a key factor for the crew, and they were able to call for help after their vessel lost power.”

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