December 16, 2017
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Coast Guard tows to harbor disabled Maine fishing boat with 30,000 pounds of fish

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

A 65-foot fishing trawler homeported in Scarborough, carrying 30,000 pounds of fish, became disabled off the coast of New Hampshire Friday and was towed to Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The captain of the fishing vessel Black Beauty contacted Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at about 4:45 p.m. Friday after the boat’s transmission stopped working and he became concerned about the weather, according to a release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The boat had five people aboard.

Coast Guard cutter Campbell left Boston and took the Black Beauty in tow about 30 miles off the coast of New Hampshire. The cutter towed the boat toward Gloucester, where it met a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester, which took over the tow and headed toward Gloucester Harbor.

“Campbell’s crew performed exceptionally well under adverse offshore weather conditions early this morning,” Cmdr. Mark McDonnell, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, said in the release. “They persevered through 25-30 knot winds, 6-8 foot seas, and near zero degree wind chills to get to the Black Beauty and safely put her in tow. I am glad we could help bring the crew, boat, and catch home safe.”

No injuries were reported.

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