The Coast Guard towed the Yankee Pride Dec. 15 after the 78-foot Rhode Island squid trawler was disabled 90 miles offshore in deteriorating weather.
The Point Judith-based vessel was more than 90 miles off Barnegat Light, N.J., with a crew of five and 14,000 pounds of squid on board when it lost power, according to a statement from the Coast Guard station at Atlantic City.
A low pressure system over the region was building seas 4 to 8 feet, heavy rain and winds of 20 to 30 knots as the Coast Guard coordinated a response by the Atlantic City 47-foot motor lifeboats. The 87-foot cutter Kingfisher then took the Yankee Pride under tow to bring the vessel and crew safely to shore.
“This case showcased exceptional teamwork. The Coast Guard crews executed a flawless handoff that allowed the Yankee Pride and her crew to get home safely, despite the challenging weather conditions,” said Lt. Alex Kloo, commanding officer at the Atlantic City station, in a statement Friday.