U.S. Coast Guard crews safely tow fishing vessel disabled off Maine coast to Boston

Posted Feb. 22, 2011, at 4:52 p.m.

BOSTON — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca crews towed the fishing vessel Meridian safely back to Boston on Tuesday, concluding a 35-hour operation that began on Feb. 19 when the boat became disabled 40 miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine.

Sea conditions were too dangerous for the Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle, a 110-foot patrol boat, to take the 80-foot fishing vessel in tow when first it responded to the distress call on Saturday, according to a U.S. Coast Guard press release. The Meridian’s captain reported that the generator was having mechanical problems and that the vessel was without power, according to the release issued Tuesday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca, a 270-foot High Endurance Cutter, arrived on the scene Feb. 20 and took the vessel in tow at 8:10 p.m. for the transit to Boston. The adventure for the Meridian and its crew ended at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday when the vessel was towed into President Roads deep-water anchorage in Boston.

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