HARPSWELL, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday rescued a disabled lobster boat 2 miles off Halfway Rock and towed the vessel to Portland Harbor.
The captain of the 52-foot, Canadian-flagged Megan and Michael III contacted the South Portland Coast Guard station at 11:15 a.m. Monday to say the lobster boat had lost all power and was adrift, according to a Coast Guard release.
The boat was en route to Portland to be transferred to an American citizen who recently purchased the vessel.
Coast Guard officials issued a marine assistance request broadcast seeking assistance from commercial tow companies or other mariners in the area, then launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from South Portland.
The lifeboat arrived at approximately 1:30 p.m. and towed the Megan and Michael III to DeMillo’s Pier in Portland, according to the release.
“The boat crew launched quickly, hooked up tow, and brought them back to the land safely” Chris Berry, an operations unit controller at Sector Northern New England’s command center, said in the release. He said the boat crew boarded the vessel and found no violations.
No additional information was immediately available Monday evening.