02/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/13/2020 14:43
Coast Guard rescues disabled fishing vessel after alert from distress signal
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Coast Guard and Navy crews rescued four mariners Thursday on a disabled fishing vessel 55-miles east of Mayport.
The 37-foot fishing vessel 'Fish Bone' notified the Coast Guard Wednesday via emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)it had become disabled due to machinery failure.
Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received the EPIRB distress signal at 6 p.m. and launched an Air Station SavannahMH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew. The Dolphin crew immediately located the Fish Bone and confirmed the mariners aboard had no medical concerns. The USS Shamal, a Navy patrol boat in the area, diverted and put the vessel in tow until a Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew transferred the tow.
The fishing vessel and crew were towed to Morning Star Marina in Mayport.
The mariners were reported to be in good condition.