UPDATE: Good Samaritans Helped Coast Guard Rescue Vessel Stranded South Of Shinnecock

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UPDATE, SUNDAY 9:30 A.M.:

The Tradition is based out of Hampton Bays, according to Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco. She said no one was injured during the rescue.

“We have to thank the good Samaritans on the Rhonda Denise,” added Petty Officer Disco, noting that the vessel is based out of Montauk. “They were vital in acting as communication between the Tradition and the Coast Guard. They made communication easier for us and made it go much smoother.

“Having them on the scene definitely helped us out and made the crew of the Tradition more comfortable out there, especially in case something happened out there,” she continued.

Additionally, Station Shinnecock sent out a 47-foot boat to relieve the Sanibel during the rescue, according to authorities.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A disabled fishing boat was towed to Hampton Bays Saturday by the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 35 hours after an engine room fire disabled the vessel in rough seas, according to a press release sent out by Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco.

Because of the fire, the 63-foot vessel, Tradition, was adrift 69 miles south of the Shinnecock Inlet late Thursday night. 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. Thursday.

The Rhonda Denise crew had attempted to tow Tradition, which was heavy with its catch, but the towline broke due to weather conditions that were deteriorating quickly; winds were blowing between 20 and 25 knots, seas varied between 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 and no way of contacting rescuers. No one was injured, according to Petty Officer Disco.

The boat was towed by the Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel nearly 35 hours after the initial distress call went out. Crew members transported the disabled boat to the Shinnecock Inlet where Station Shinnecock officials relieved them and moored the Tradition at the town fishing pier, according to the Coast Guard.

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