BOSTON (AP) – A disabled fishing vessel that drifted overnight in waters 80 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard during the first major snowstorm to hit New England this season was being towed to shore Saturday. The crew of the Miss Judith, a trawler based out of Freeport, N.Y., notified the Coast Guard at 9:15 p.m. Friday that its engines were not working.

A sister ship, the Charlotte G, began towing the distressed vessel toward Point Judith, R.I., on Saturday afternoon, according to the Coast Guard. They expect to dock in 24 hours.

The Charlotte G, also from Freeport, earlier wasn’t able to get close enough to tow Miss Judith because of high winds, up to 60 mph, and 18-foot seas, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard has a helicopter standing by to rescue the crew of four if necessary. They are maintaining hourly radio contact with the crew.


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