Coast Guard Terminates Fishing Vessel Trips
November 25, 2011
A boarding team from the 87’ Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark, homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, terminated the voyage of the 40’ fishing vessel Sea Raven after boarding the boat 4 miles east of Nantucket and noting a lack of safety gear required to legally operate the vessel in federal waters.
The violations included insufficient immersion suits and an unserviceable life ring. The Tiger Shark’s crew escorted the Sea Raven to state waters off Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
In a related incident, a boarding team from the 110’ Coast Guard Cutter Tybee, homeported in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, terminated the voyage of the 78’ fishing vessel Jaime Mae after finding inadequate safety gear aboard. The boarding took place approximately 13 miles east of Long Branch, New Jersey. A boatcrew from Station Manasquan Inlet escorted the vessel to its homeport of Point Pleasant, New Jersey.
“These guys are our fellow mariners, and that’s why we do these boardings,” explained Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “As the winter weather approaches, and the busy season demands catch, these ‘little’ issues can mean the difference between life and death.”
Information about fishing vessel safety regulations is available at Federal Requrements for Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels (PDF).
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