Coast Guard Assists Disabled Vessel East of Nantucket


On Sunday, January 3, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Spencer towed the 95’ fishing vessel Megan Marie, homeported in New Bedford, after it became disabled about 100 nautical miles east of Nantucket.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England’s command center received notification at approximately 7:00 a.m. on Sunday from the Megan Marie’s captain reporting the vessel, with 6 people aboard, was disabled due to a lost rudder.

The Marie’s sister ship, the Jason & Danielle, responded at about 2:30 p.m. and took the Marie in tow. However, as winds increased to 20-30 knots and the seas built to 10’, the tow line parted and the Marie’s owner requested the Coast Guard take over the tow.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., the Spencer, homeported in Boston, was diverted to assist, and the took Megan Marie in tow on Monday at approximately 6:00 a.m.

The Spencer towed the Marie closer to Nantucket, where she was transferred to a commercial salvage company, arranged by the owner, who towed the Marie to New Bedford.