Coast Guard Tows Disabled Fishing Vessel to Safety

WOODS HOLE, MA – The Coast Guard towed a 76-foot fishing vessel to safety after the vessel became disabled near Nantucket early Monday morning.

The Lady of Grace with four crew members on board, contacted the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 3:34 a.m. and reported they were without power and drifting approximately 10 miles east of Great Point, Nantucket.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Brant Point on Nantucket launched a 47-foot motor life boat to take the vessel in tow. The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel departed Woods Hole, MA and took over towing operations at 11:30 a.m. and towed the Lady of Grace to calmer waters east of Edgartown, where the fishing boat anchored for the evening. The Sanibel remained on scene throughout the night to ensure the safety of the vessel and crew.

At the time of the tow winds were reported to be at gale force strength with 30 to 35 knots and seas were heavy at 8 to 10 feet.

A commercial towing company is scheduled to tow the Lady of Grace to New Bedford today.

Source: USCG D1 Public Affairs

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