Coast Guard Assists Disabled Vessel off Montauk, NY

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca prepares to tow the 85-foot scalloper Paul & Michelle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler.

A New Bedford, Massachusetts, fishing vessel and its 7 crewmembers are safe in port after the scalloper become disabled approximately 26 miles south of Montauk, New York, and was towed by a Boston-based Coast Guard cutter and commercial salvager, Thursday.

The crew of the 85’ scalloper Paul & Michelle called Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center via VHF-FM radio around 2:30 a.m., for assistance after the boat lost engine power on its way back to homeport.

The Coast Guard issued a Marine Assistance Request Broadcast, asking mariners in the area to assist the adrift vessel. The command center dispatched a cutter crew who was on patrol nearly 60 miles away to assist the Paul & Michelle after they did not receive a response to the MARB.

The 270’ Coast Guard Cutter Seneca towed the vessel through 20-25 knot winds and 5-8’ seas to approximately 3 miles east of Block Island, where the commercial salvage vessel Hunts Girls met them around 8:30 p.m.

“We are very happy to have the fishing vessel Paul & Michelle and her crew safely in port,” said Cmdr. Charles Fosse, the commanding officer of the Seneca. “The formidable on scene weather with high seas and gusting winds made this a difficult towing mission and I’m very proud of my crew who executed their demanding roles professionally with positive results.”

The Hunts Girls, based in Point Judith, completed the tow into New Bedford.

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