Guard tows disabled shrimp boat

ROCKLAND - Name of the man in the photo: Boatswain Mate 1st Class James Hess.  The Coast Guard towed a 50-foot shrimping boat after part of the engine malfunctioned Wednesday morning near Metinic Island - a speck of land between Tenants Harbor and Matinicus.   Neither of the two men onboard were injured. The Coast Guard got the call at 10:50 a.m. A blown blower shaft in the engine went, disabling the boat. The two men onboard used a net to anchor themselves and keep the boat from drifting into Metinic Island, according to Curtis Barthel, a commanding officer in the Coast Guard. Barthel said few, if any, other shrimpers were out Wednesday. The conditions were dangerous, yielding fog and up to 7-foot seas and 30 knot winds. The weather was not the cause of the incident, Barthel called it just an ?engine casualty.? By 12:25 the Motor Life Boat arrived on scene and towed it to Port Clyde by about 4 p.m. The boat is safely moored, according to Barthel.      PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. COAST GUARD
U.S. COAST GUARD
ROCKLAND - Name of the man in the photo: Boatswain Mate 1st Class James Hess. The Coast Guard towed a 50-foot shrimping boat after part of the engine malfunctioned Wednesday morning near Metinic Island - a speck of land between Tenants Harbor and Matinicus. Neither of the two men onboard were injured. The Coast Guard got the call at 10:50 a.m. A blown blower shaft in the engine went, disabling the boat. The two men onboard used a net to anchor themselves and keep the boat from drifting into Metinic Island, according to Curtis Barthel, a commanding officer in the Coast Guard. Barthel said few, if any, other shrimpers were out Wednesday. The conditions were dangerous, yielding fog and up to 7-foot seas and 30 knot winds. The weather was not the cause of the incident, Barthel called it just an ?engine casualty.? By 12:25 the Motor Life Boat arrived on scene and towed it to Port Clyde by about 4 p.m. The boat is safely moored, according to Barthel. PHOTO COURTESY OF U.S. COAST GUARD
Posted Feb. 25, 2010, at 7:59 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard towed the 50-foot shrimp boat Miss Tamara to Port Clyde after part of its engine malfunctioned Wednesday morning near Metinic Island, which is a piece of land between Tenants Harbor and Matinicus.

Neither of the two men on the boat was injured.

The Coast Guard got the call at 10:50 a.m. that a blown blower shaft in the engine had disabled the boat. The two men on board used a net to anchor the boat and to keep it from drifting into Metinic Island, according to Curtis Barthel, a commanding officer at the Rockland Coast Guard station.

Barthel said few, if any, other shrimpers were out Wednesday. Although conditions were dangerous with fog, 7-foot seas and 30-knot winds, the weather was not the cause of the incident, Barthel said. It simply was an “engine casualty.”

By 12:25 p.m., the motor lifeboat arrived on scene and towed the boat to Port Clyde by about 4 p.m.

The boat is safely moored, according to Barthel.

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