Coast Guard tows disabled Maine boat with 30,000-pound catch off NH coast

Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel (photo courtesy: US Coast Guard 1st District Northeast)

BOSTON (WGME) -- The Coast Guard towed an adrift 65-foot fishing troller to Gloucester Harbor after it was disabled on Friday.

The vessel, Black Beauty, is homeported in Scarborough, Maine.

The captain reported their transmission stopped working about 30 miles off the coast of New Hampshire.

There were five people and 30,000 lbs. of catch on board.

Unable to receive help from a sister ship and concerned about the impending weather, the captain of the vessel contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at about 4:45 p.m.

The crew arrived on scene at about 3:30 a.m., Saturday, and took the vessel in tow.

Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, homeported in Kittery, Maine, towed the vessel to Gloucester.

Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard said, "Campbell's crew performed exceptionally well under adverse offshore weather conditions early this morning. 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.

No injuries were reported and the catch was reported to be in good condition.

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