Coast Guard and Disabled Fishing Vessel Make It Back To Montauk Safely

The commercial fishing vessel became stranded 86 miles southeast of Montauk a few days ago.

The Coast Guard successfully towed a disabled commercial fishing boat back to Montauk on Saturday night in a rescue mission that took over 24 hours to complete in less than ideal weather.

The "Endorphin," a 58-foot vessel homeported in Montauk, was 86 miles southeast of Montauk when it lost power and all means of communications. On Friday morning, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound communication watchstanders, in New Haven, Conn., received notification from another vessel that "Endorphin" was adrift. There were three crew members aboard the disabled boat and they had run out of food.

The Good Samaritans weren't able to tow the "Endorphin" due to weather conditions.

A rescue aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod in Massachusetts flew over "Endorphin" and dropped some supplies, consisting of food, water and a handheld radio. The crew, including Captain Robert Fallon and his son Christopher Fallon, told Newsday upon their return that they had been without power for about a day.

Coast Guard Cutter "Tahoma," a rescue boat from Kittery, Maine, reached "Endorphin" late Friday and began towing it back to Montauk.

A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk relieved the tow from the "Tahoma" before they reached the Montauk Inlet.

Originally seas were reported at 8 to 13 feet with winds 35 knots and a sea temperature of 32 degrees, but the seas subsided to 2 to 4 feet when the towing began.

For video of the rescue mission, click here.


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