Coast Guard terminates Edgartown-based vessel's trip due to safety violations Tuesday

Violations include insufficient safety gear

The crew of the USCG Cutter Tiger Shark, after boarding a vessel off the Vineyard Tuesday. The crew boarded the vessel to check for safety violations. USCG photo.

Wednesday, the United States Coast Guard terminated the commercial fishing trip of a local vessel due to safety violations. Four miles east of Cape Pogue in Nantucket, a boarding team from the USCG Cutter Tiger Shark, boarded the Sea Raven, a 47-foot fishing vessel based out of Edgartown. 

According to a USCG release, the Sea Raven did not have the required safety gear to operate outside of the three-mile line bordering federal waters. The boarding team's report noted "insufficient immersion suits" and an "unserviceable life ring".

The crew of the Tiger Shark escorted the Sea Raven and her crew to state waters off Martha's Vineyard.

"These guys are our fellow mariners," said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District Public Affairs Officer, "that's why we do these boardings."  According to Lt. Klinker, what may appear to be "little issues", may become a matter of life and death as winter weather approaches.

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