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Coast Guard rescues squid boat off LBI

By PAT ARNEY Staff Writer, (609) 272-7204, E-Mail/Press of Atlantic City


The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a disabled squid-fishing vessel carrying a crew of four off the coast of Ocean County's Long Beach Island on Tuesday, officials said.

The crew of the Provider, an 86-foot commercial vessel registered in New York, radioed the Coast Guard's Woods Hole, Mass., station for help about 7 a.m. Monday after a shaft broke and jammed the boat's rudder, the Coast Guard said. The boat was about 80 miles off Beach Haven at the time.

The crew told the Coast Guard the boat was taking on water but the four pumps on board were able to keep up with the flooding.

A search and rescue plane located the boat by 9:25 a.m. and kept it in sight until the 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Mako, stationed at Cape May, arrived at the scene about 8:30 p.m., the Coast Guard said.

By that time, the Provider had drifted 40 miles farther off shore, the Coast Guard said. The Mako was unable to take it in tow due to 10- to 14-foot seas and 35 mph winds.

The 210-foot Coast Guard cutter Dependable, also stationed at Cape May, reached the scene about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and had the Provider in tow by 8 a.m., the Coast Guard said. Seas were about 6 to 8 feet and the vessels were making about 3 mph en route to Block Island, R.I., where the Provider has been based.

Their arrival time is contingent upon the weather, the Coast Guard said.
 

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Wow, it must have been snotty out there. Almost 12 hours to reach them ~120 miles offshore in the cutter. Ouch!!
 

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I'm always amazed that some of those squid boats even float, not too mention what conditions they actually stay out there and fish in.
 
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