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Fishing Vessel Loses Power, Runs Out of Food 86 Miles Southeast of Montauk

An air rescue crew dropped supplies to the fishermen, while a Coast Guard cutter travels to the vessel's location to tow them back in harsh weather conditions.

The vessel Endorphine, a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel homeported in Montauk, N.Y., is moored to a pier in Point Judith, R.I., February 2013. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo
The vessel Endorphine, a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel homeported in Montauk, N.Y., is moored to a pier in Point Judith, R.I., February 2013. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard photo

The Coast Guard is in the midst of a rescue mission approximately 86 miles southeast of Montauk after a commercial fishing vessel lost power and its crew ran out of food.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound communication watchstanders, in New Haven, Conn., received notification from another vessel about a disabled boat. "Endorphin," a 58-foot commercial fishing vessel homeported in Montauk, was adrift and without power.

There are three crew members aboard "Endorphin."

The Good Samaritans weren't able to tow the vessel due to weather conditions, but is assisting with communications between the Coast Guard and the vessel until a Coast Guard cutter is able to relieve them.

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.

The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma, homeported in Boston, is reportedly on its way to the vessel’s location to tow the disabled vessel on Friday evening.

Weather conditions at the location consist of seas of 8 to 13 feet, winds 35 knots and a sea temperature of 32 degrees, the Coast Guard said.

"The harsh weather the vessel is experiencing, along with the forecasted weather for the weekend, always adds a level of risk to any rescue operation," Capt. Edward Cubanski, commanding officer of Sector Long Island Sound, said. "We're going to make every effort to get these mariners home safely.”

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