VIDEO: Air Station Cape Cod assists disabled vessel 110 miles east of Cape Cod

– Last night two air crews out of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched after an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon alerted First District watchstanders to a possible fishing vessel crew in distress about 110 miles east of Cape Cod.

Earlier Sunday, a good Samaritan who was underway near the fishing vessel Captain Joe, hailed the Coast Guard to report Captain Joe was disabled and without power. They reported they had been in contact with Captain Joe’s crew via VHF radio before they departed the vicinity.

As Coast Guard watchstanders worked to arrange a tow for Captain Joe, they lost communication with Captain Joe’s crew. A short time later, their water-activated EPRIB went off, alerting authorities to a possible emergency and indicating their exact location.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and dropped a marine radio to the fishing crew to establish direct communications. After doing so they were able to determine that the fishing crew had no life threatening injuries, but that their boat was disabled and they needed a replacement battery.

Captain Joe’s sister ship Orion was roughly 50 miles away and had a battery for them, which the air crew was able to pick up and bring back to Captain Joe’s crew. The crew was then able to make repairs after receiving the battery, and continue under their own power.

Check out the video below of the air crew dropping the radio, picking up the battery from the Orion, and then dropping the battery to the Captain Joe!

Media release and video furnished by U.S. Coast Guard
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