Another Day Another Rescue For the Coast Guard
I love to share Coast Guard rescue stories with you as at times I feel they don't get their due.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a kid from a Coast Guard family as my father served for 30 years.
And it was a hitch in New Castle that moved our family to New Hampshire in 1976 and I've never thought of leaving since.
I'm sure the families of those involved are thankful for the efforts.
The Coast Guard towed an adrift 65-foot fishing trawler to Gloucester Harbor after it became disabled about 30 miles off the coast of New Hampshire on Friday.
Unable to receive help from a sister ship and concerned about the impending weather, the captain of the vessel, Black Beauty, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, at about 4:45 p.m. He reported their transmission stopped working, there were five people aboard, and they had 30,000 lbs. of catch on board.
Coast Guard Cutter Campbell responded to the distress call and got underway from their port call in Boston. The crew arrived on scene at about 3:30 a.m., Saturday, and took the vessel in tow.
“Campbell’s crew performed exceptionally well under adverse offshore weather conditions early this morning,” said Cmdr. Mark McDonnell, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell. “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.”
The cutter crew towed the vessel towards Gloucester, where they met up with a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Gloucester. The boat crew took over the tow and is en route to Gloucester Harbor.