Coast Guard Tows Disabled Pleasure Boat 41 Miles to Montauk

Coast Guard assists disabled boat. Photo/USCG
Coast Guard assists disabled boat. Photo/USCG

Coast Guard boat crews assisted a disabled pleasure craft 43 miles southeast of Shinnecock Inlet, New York, on Saturday night, September 21, towing the vessel to safety amidst deteriorating weather and sea conditions.

Just after 2:00 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Connecticut, watchstanders received a distress call from the 31’ pleasure craft Triena of Shinnecock, stating that the vessel had experienced engine failure and was adrift.

In coordination with the First Coast Guard District in Boston, the Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87’ coastal patrol boat from Montauk, was launched to assist the vessel. The Ridley arrived on scene at dusk, ensured the safety of all passengers aboard the Triena then began towing the vessel to shore. Because of difficulty maneuvering a large patrol boat while towing a vessel in confined waters, Ridley crewmembers passed the vessel tow to a waiting Coast Guard 47’ motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Montauk early Sunday morning. Triena was safely moored at the Montauk Marine Basin shortly after 6:00 a.m.