Vessel Stranded 69 Miles South Of Shinnecock Towed To Shore By Coast Guard Thursday


A disabled fishing boat was towed to shore by the U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday, according to a press release sent out by Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco.

The 63-foot vessel, Tradition, was adrift 69 miles south of Shinnecock because there was a fire in the engine room. Another fishing vessel, Rhonda Denise, had been assisting Tradition when Coast Guard Station Shinnecock in Hampton Bays received a report at 11:30 p.m.

The Rhonda Denise crew had attempted to tow Tradition, but the towline parted due to weather conditions, which were deteriorating quickly— winds were blowing at 20 to 25 knots, seas were at 5 to 9 feet and the water was 44 degrees, according to the Coast Guard.

It was at this point that the Coast Guard sent out a cutter and an aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod to deploy a communications package to Tradition, since the vessel had no electricity.

The boat was towed by the Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel nearly 35 hours after the initial distress call went out. Tradition was moored at the town fish pier, according to the Coast Guard.

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