Coast Guard boat crews assisted a disabled pleasure craft 43 miles southeast of Shinnecock Inlet Saturday night, towing the vessel to safety amidst deteriorating weather and sea conditions.
Just after 2 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., watchstanders received a distress call from a passenger aboard the 31-foot pleasure craft, Triena, of Shinnecock, stating the vessel experienced an engine casualty and was adrift.
In coordination with the First Coast Guard District in Boston, Mass., the Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat from Montauk, was launched to assist the vessel. The Ridley arrived on scene with the vessel at dusk, ensured the safety of all passengers aboard and then began towing the vessel to safety. Because of the difficulty of maneuvering a large patrol boat while towing a vessel in confined waters, Ridley crew members passed the vessel tow to a waiting Coast Guard 47 foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Montauk early Sunday morning. Triena was safely moored at the Montauk Marine Basin shortly after 6 a.m.
“I could not be more proud of the actions of my crew – it was a long night at sea, but this is what we do and why we are in the Coast Guard,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Andrea Martynowski, the officer in charge of Ridley. “I am glad to have been able to assist this disabled vessel and her crew before darkness set in and the sea conditions built overnight.”