Vacationers' fishing trip ends early today

Coast Guard Station Chatham tows in Kittiwake Monday morning


   The Chatham Coast Guard rescue boat (on left) deposits the Kittiwake (on right) at the Fish Pier dock after its aborted fishing charter today as another charter boat is about to leave the dock. Walter Brooks photos.

Vacationing family of four gets an extra treat courtesy of the Coast Guard

By Walter Brooks


The view at 7:30a.m. from Chatham Light  as the Kittiwake passes in tow past the yoga class on the beach.

The week before they seemed to be worshiping a ketch.

The usual crowd was gazing at the sea in front of the Chatham Lighthouse at 7:30 a.m. today, while the yoga class down on the beach was finishing up its daily search for awareness, when their attention was arrested by the new Chatham Coast Guard Rescue boat towing in a local charter fishing boat coming in from the cut.

The fishing boat being towed was the 32-foot charter fishing boat Kittiwake owned by Ken Eldredge. The charter boat's engine overheated just outside the Chatham Bars necessitating a return to port, but that needed the help of the ever-watchful United States Coast Guard.

Luckily for Capt. Eldredge and his fishing party, the Chatham Coast Guard Station is at the same pier the Kittiwake left from, and help arrived quickly.

The New Jersey family of four had only planned for a day of fishing, but they got a little excitement instead because it's not every day four vacationers get a free ride from the Coast Guard.

The father said to this reporter when told of his good luck, "I'd rather be fishing."

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