Coast Guard Reaches Disabled Fishing Boat 86 Miles Off Montauk [VIDEO]

Coast Guard cutter is still towing "Endorphin" back to Montauk Saturday.

The Coast Guard rescued the disabled commercial fishing vessel that was 86 miles offshore when it lost power and its crew ran out of food.

A Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma rescue boat reached "Endorphin," a 58-foot boat out of Montauk, late Friday and is towing it back to Montauk on Saturday.

A rescue boat crew 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.

Weather conditions eased up from when the rescue mission began. 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, the Coast Guard said.

However, the National Weather Service is forecasting building seas of 10 to 13 feet and increasing winds throughout the day and into the night, in addition to snow.

The video attached here shows the Cutter Tahoma arriving at the "Endorphin," 86 miles off the coast of Montauk on Friday night. For a second video, click here.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound communication watchstanders, in New Haven, Conn., received notification on Friday morning from another vessel that "Endorphin" was adrift and without power 86 miles southeast of Montauk Point. There were three crew members aboard the disabled boat.

The Good Samaritans weren't able to tow the vessel 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, who’ve been at sea for eight days, reported they had run out of food and had no means of communication. It was unclear how long they had been without power and food.

Editor's Note: The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma is homeported in Kittery, Maine — not Boston as the Coast Guard previously said .

Sima Freierman December 15, 2013 at 08:38 AM
So glad you're safe home. Be careful out there, gentlemen. Fare thee well.
Matt Santich December 15, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Welcome Home...


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