Coast Guard officials said they are using a heavy rescue vessel and a helicopter to reach the crew of a disabled fishing boat that encountered mechanical problems while navigating turbulent seas Monday afternoon.
The Coast Guard sent a 270-foot cutter and a rescue helicopter crew Tuesday afternoon to help the eight-person crew of the Neskone, which signaled for help Monday while it was about 50 miles south of Shinnecock, officials said in a news release.
The crew of the Neskone reported to Coast Guard Sector Long Island that the 84-foot scalloper was having problems that caused the boat to remain adrift late Monday afternoon.
The cutter, Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, and helicopter, which will supply the boat with mechanical parts, were dispatched after another fishing boat, the Polaris, arrived at about 2 a.m. Tuesday but was unable to take the Neskone in tow due to rough seas.
Coast Guard officials said the crews were working amid 30-knot winds and 15-foot seas.
The cutter will try to tow the Neskone to New Bedford, Mass., the Neskone's home port. The Neskone is equipped with a working Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) onboard in case it loses radio communication with the Coast Guard, according to the release.