Fishing trip ended due to safety violations

PORTLAND, Maine- The Coast Guard terminated a fishing voyage about nine miles east of Ogunquit, Maine, today, when a boarding team found several safety violations on board a Perkins Cove, Maine-based boat.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor boarded the 34-foot lobster boat, Lizzie, and found the vessel’s life raft, hydrostatic release, and battery for the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon were expired.

The Coast Guard terminated the fishing vessel’s voyage around 5:20 p.m., and escorted the boat back to Ogunquit.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England will coordinate a follow-up dockside exam to ensure the discrepancies are corrected before the vessel departs port.

“The boat’s life raft was eight months out of service,” said Ted Harrington, the fishing vessel safety coordinator for the First Coast Guard District in Boston. “Three keys to safe boating are to have safety equipment on board, ensure the equipment has been tested as required, and be sure the crew knows how to use it in the event of an emergency. Otherwise, lives could be in jeopardy.”

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