VIDEO: USCG cutter tows disabled fishing vessel to safety

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Coast Guard members from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma conduct a tow of fishing vessel Fearless 164NM east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, December 9, 2020. The tow was conducted over the course of 4 days in 4ft seas and 17 knot winds. [U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Noel]

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma has safely towed a disabled fishing vessel, located 160 nautical miles East of Nantucket, Mass., to safety.

Tahoma received a report at 10:26 p.m. Sunday night, December 6, from Coast Guard First District Command Center. The fishing vessel Fearless was reported to be disabled, with the crew requesting assistance.

Tahoma’s crew conducted the tow of Fearless over the course of six days, taking the vessel into tow Monday, December 7, and rendezvousing with a commercial towing company near Buzzard’s Bay on Friday, December 11.

“When a ship has a crew that can do anything you need them to do, it makes life very easy.” said Cmdr. Eric Johnson, Tahoma’s commanding officer. “Apparently, Fearless also falls into that category. The crew quickly and expertly set the tow and were proactive about monitoring it and communicating during the transit.”

There were no injuries reported. Weather on scene was 8 foot seas and 20 knots of wind.

Tahoma is a 270-foot Famous Class Cutter homeported in Kittery, Me.

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