News: Northeast Coast Guard units respond to disabled fishing vessel off Montauk
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard rescued the disabled commercial fishing vessel Endorphin and is towing the vessel to Montauk, N.Y., today.
Friday morning Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound communication watchstanders, in New Haven, Conn., received notification from a good samaritan vessel relaying communications for the disabled vessel Endorphin, a 58-foot commercial fishing homeported in Montauk, N.Y., that the disabled vessel reported they were adrift and without power, nearly 86 miles offshore with three crewmembers aboard.
The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma arrived on scene with the commercial fishing vessel Endorphin late Friday night and began the towing evolution. The seas subsided from 12-15 feet to 2-4 feet making conditions favorable to take the Endorphin in tow.
A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Montauk is scheduled to relieve the tow from the Cutter Tahoma before they reach Montauk Inlet and tow the vessel Endorphin back to port.
The National Weather Service is forecasting building seas of 10-13 feet and increasing winds throughout the day and into the night, in addition to snow, where the Cutter Tahoma will be towing the Endorphin.
Editor’s note: Correction: The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma is homeported in Kittery, Maine, not Boston as previously reported.