Coast Guard towing fishing vessel to safety

BOSTON – A Coast Guard cutter is towing a Boston-based fishing vessel with three crewmembers on board to safety after it became disabled approximately 135 miles east of Gloucester, Mass., today.

The First Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston received a call from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Halifax, Canada, reporting the 54-foot Bethany Jean had lost engine power.

The Gloucester-based Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle arrived on scene around 5:30 p.m., and took the vessel in tow. The Grand Isle will tow the Bethany Jean to Gloucester. They are expected to arrive Sunday afternoon.

Visibility was reported to be less than one mile. Seas are 2-3 feet with 5-10 knot winds.

The boat did not have a back-up generator.

“Fortunately the crew of the Bethany Jean was able to notify a nearby fishing vessel of their distress,” said Chief Petty Officer Rob Resendes, a First District Command Center watchstander. “The Coast Guard recommends ensuring everything on your boat is in proper working order prior to getting underway.”

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