Coast Guard works to assist disabled fishing vessel off Clearwater

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Coast Guard crews are working to assist a disabled fishing vessel 45 miles west of Clearwater, Fla., on Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command Center received notification at 5:21 p.m. Monday, from two men aboard the Miss Stephanie, a 33-foot commercial fishing vessel homeported in Madeira Beach, Fla., that their vessel was out of fuel and disabled approximately 45 miles west of Clearwater.

The Coast Cutter Cutter Venturous, a 210-foot ship homeported in St. Petersburg, was diverted to assist the disabled vessel and arrived onscene at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday. Venturous crews launched a small boat containing a rescue and assistance crew, but were unable to transfer crewmembers to the Miss Stephanie in the degenerating weather and building sea state.

Sector watchstanders, providing continuous communications support to the fishing vessel, directed Venturous to continue on patrol, and the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator, an 87-foot cutter homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., is currently enroute to the Miss Stephanie to provide assistance.

No injuries have been reported.

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