Coast Guard tows fishing boat to safety

July 23, 2012

Coast Guard tows fishing boat to safety

By Steven Fletcher , Staff Writer

Gloucester Daily Times
The Gloucester Daily Times

Mon Jul 23, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

After receiving a distress call from the fishing vessel Grim Reaper, four miles off Gloucester’s Dog Bar Breakwater, a crew from the U.S Coast Guard Station Gloucester towed the boat back into the harbor Sunday.

At 3:19 p.m. the F/V Grim Reaper called Station Gloucester and said its engine had given out and it was taking on water because of the waves.

Gloucester police and the Rockport harbormaster heard the fishing boat’s call and responded with the Coast Guard.

Station Gloucester’s 40-foot lifeboat arrived first, and hooked up the fishing vessel for a tow, with Gloucester police riding alongside. According to the police report, the boat’s engine had flooded, stranding it four miles outside of the harbor in relatively heavy seas.

It took the life boat an hour and a half to move the four miles into the harbor because of the surf.

The Grim Reaper was towed to Intershell on Commercial Street.

Steven Fletcher may be contacted at 978-283-7000 x3455 or Follow him @gdtnews on Twitter.

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