Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel east of Chatham, Mass.

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — Coast Guard crews towed a disabled fishing vessel 60 miles east Chatham, Mass., July 24, 2011.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from the fishing vessel Fisherman stating they were disabled and adrift approximately 60 miles east of Chatham with four people on board. The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane was diverted to assist and determine if the vessel’s engines and generators could be restarted. Once on scene, Coast Guard personnel determined the vessel could not be repaired at sea.

Harriet Lane took the fishing vessel in tow at 1 p.m. and was scheduled to rendezvous with the the vessel’s sister ship last night. The tow will then be transferred for further transit to safe harbor.

Harriet Lane is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter from Portsmouth, Va.

“We’re glad the fishing vessel contacted our crews quickly and that Harriet Lane was out there to assist,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, First Coast Guard District Public Affairs. “Ensuring the safety of commercial fishermen is a very important part of our mission here in the northeast.”

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