Corea-based fishing vessel escorted back to port because of safety violations, Coast Guard says

Posted May 14, 2012, at 8:35 p.m.

BOSTON, Mass. — The U.S. Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a Corea-based fishing vessel about two miles from Port Corea after a boarding team discovered multiple safety violations during a routine at-sea inspection, according to a press release from the Coast Guard.

During the inspection, the boarding team from Coast Guard cutter Moray found several safety violations on the 38-foot fishing vessel Calypso. The vessel lacked personal flotation devices, visual distress signals and life rings, all of which are required by law.

The Coast Guard ended the crew’s fishing voyage about 12:30 p.m. and escorted the Calypso back to Port Corea.

The name of Calypso’s owner and information about its crew were not immediately available.

“It’s important that the commercial fishing fleet pay special attention to the safety devices on board,” Lt. Adam Schmid, command duty officer at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston, said in a news release issued Monday evening.

“Life jackets can keep you alive in an emergency,” Schmid said. “They give you time so the Coast Guard can find you.”

The Moray is an 87-foot patrol boat based in Jonesport.

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