PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Coast Guard crews from Maine rescued a stranded Maine-based fishing vessel Monday after it had broken down 110 miles east of Gloucester Harbor.
The Coast Guard Cutter Moray successfully towed the fishing vessel Prudence back to Portland after receiving a distress call from the boat Sunday. The vessel was reportedly adrift off Gloucester with four people aboard.
Coast Guard officials said the Prudence had all the necessary safety equipment on board, and had taken precautions that assisted with the Coast Guard response.
"The Prudence had all the necessary safety equipment, and a satellite phone," said Petty Officer 1st Class Josh A. Morales, a search and rescue watchstander at the First Coast Guard District's command center in Boston. "They also told a family member where they were going, so we had a point of contact to help us find them."
Coast Guard strategically places cutters and their crews in areas where they can quickly respond to mariners in trouble. A quick response to at-sea emergencies saves property and the lives of local mariners.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.