Coast Guard Responds to Fishing Vessel’s May Day Call Near Martha’s Vineyard


MARTHA’S VINEYARD – Coast Guard crews responded to a disabled fishing boat 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard on Monday afternoon.

The fishing vessel Pilgrim became disabled after its mast broke and was left hanging over the side.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England were notified Monday at around 4:30 p.m. by Pilgrim’s captain via marine radio of the situation.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched and was able to locate the vessel based off Pilgrim’s may-day call.

After locating the vessel, the helicopter crew remained on the scene until Coast Guard Cutter Albacore arrived to take over.

The Albacore stayed with Pilgrim until its sister ship, Shamrock, arrived Tuesday morning and was able to help the Pilgrim crew make repairs at sea.

Click here to see video of the may day call. 

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