Coast Guard crew tows disabled vessel 100 miles from Cape Cod

Crew of Olivia & Rafaela requested assistance early Thursday morning

Thursday morning, around 6:30 a.m., Watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a distress call from the crew of the 71-foot Olivia & Rafaela. According to the Coast Guard, the commercial vessel was disabled 100 nautical miles east of Cape Cod.

A crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mako was dispatched and met the crew of the Olivia & Rafaela at 5 p.m. on Thursday. 

The Mako towed the vessel to an anchorage in Nantucket Sound Friday. By 1:15 p.m, the crew of the tugboat Jaguar arrived to tow the commercial vessel to New Bedford.

Following the tow to Nantucket Sound, the Coast Guard conducted a post search and rescue boarding and issued a violation for insufficient life rings, according to the USCG.

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