Coast Guard tows Gloucester dragger 90 miles into Portland, Maine  

The Coast Guard Cutter Moray tows the fishing boat Paulo Marc after it became disabled east of Portland, Maine, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. The Paulo Marc is homeported in Gloucester,

The U.S Coast Guard, with a good Samaritan boat serving as its closer, towed the Gloucester-ported Paulo Marc into Portland, Maine, this morning after the 63-foot boat became disabled due to engine problems, according to the Coast Guard.

The Paulo Marc, owned by a Maine-based limited liability company with David J. Osier listed as the permit holder, was trawling for groundfish about 90 miles off the coast of Maine at about 1 p.m. Wednesday when engine trouble related to a failed reduction gear left it wallowing in the water without power.

"It was pretty hectic for a little while," Osier said this morning. "I was looking for another boat to tow it in, but that's become hard because there's just not that many draggers left out there fishing."

Just as he was ready to send out one of his Portland boats for what would have been a 90-mile steam to the Paulo Marc, the Coast Guard informed him that it was dispatching its 87-foot coastal patrol boat, the cutter Moray, from its station in Jonesport, Maine.

The Moray arrived on the scene about 8 p.m. and began towing the Paulo Marc toward Portland. Early this morning, as it neared shore, it passed the tow along to the Laurie Ann. The vessels arrived at Portland's State Fish Pier about 9 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.

Osier said the Paulo Marc was carrying a captain, two crew and an at-sea monitoring observer and there were no injuries.

"It was their last fishing trip of this season and then they were going to head into Gloucester to land the catch," Osier said.

The steel-hulled, 77-ton Paulo Marc was built in Brewster in 1985. Osier said he has owned it since 1995.   

Contact Sean Horgan at 978-675-2714, or shorgan@gloucestertimes.com. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanGDT