Disabled boat gets a jump-start from the Coast Guard

BOSTON- Coast Guard crews assisted a 25-foot pleasure craft today after the boat’s battery died about 35 miles east of Chatham, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report from Coast Guard Station Brant Point stating the Taberah’s battery had died and the crew needed help to make it back to port.

While the sector was gathering additional information from the operator, they lost radio contact.

After losing contact with the Taberah, a Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod at 2:35 p.m., to find the vessel.

The aircrew located the disabled pleasure craft with five people aboard around 3 p.m., and instructed them to manually activate their personal position indicating radio beacon so the sector could track their location in case they lost radio contact again.

Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Boston, was moored in Woods Hole, Mass., and launched to assist.

The Flyingfish crew arrived on scene around 6 p.m., and successfully jump-started the Taberah’s battery.

The Flyingfish will escort the vessel back to port in Harwich Port, Mass.

“The crew had a PPIRB aboard their boat that was properly registered to them,” said Lt. j.g. Jeff Fry, the command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England. “We encourage all mariners to properly register their EPIRB’s and PPIRB’s, so they can be used effectively in an emergency situation.”

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