A disabled pleasure boat in distress southest of the Shinnecock Inlet was safely towed 43 miles to shore by the Coast Guard late Saturday into early Sunday, the maritime law enforcement service said.
Crews from the Ridley, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat, and a 47-foot motor life boat -- both from the Montauk station -- shared towing the Triena, a pleasure boat registered out of Shinnecock, to the Montauk marine basin at about 6 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
The Coast Guard said it received a distress call from passengers on the Triena at about 2 p.m. Saturday and launched the Ridley to assist the vessel "amidst deteriorating weather and sea conditions."
The Ridley arrived on scene at dusk, ensured the safety of the Triena passengers and then began towing the vessel to the safety.
"Because of difficulty maneuvering a large patrol boat while towing a vessel in confined waters, Ridley crew members passed the vessel tow to a waiting Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Montauk early Sunday morning," the release said. "Triena was safely moored at the Montauk marine basin shortly after 6 a.m."
Master Chief Petty Officer Andrea Martynowski, in charge of Ridley, said she was proud of her crew after "a long night at sea."
"I am glad to have been able to assist this disabled vessel and her crew before darkness set in and the sea conditions built overnight," she said in the release.