Coast Guard, Navy rescues disabled fishing vessel after alert from distress signal

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Coast Guard rescues disabled fishing vessel after alert from distress signal

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coast Guard and Navy crews rescued four mariners Thursday on a disabled fishing vessel 55-miles east of Mayport.

The 37-foot fishing vessel "Fish Bone" notified the Coast Guard Wednesday via emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)it had become disabled due to machinery failure.

Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received the EPIRB distress signal at 6 p.m. and launched an Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew. The Dolphin crew immediately located the Fish Bone and confirmed the mariners aboard had no medical concerns. The USS Shamal, a Navy patrol boat in the area, diverted and put the vessel in tow until a Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew transferred the tow.

The fishing vessel and crew were towed to Morning Star Marina in Mayport.

The mariners were reported to be in good condition.

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