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New Bedford Fishing Boat Rescued In Rough Seas Off NY

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The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca prepares to tow the 85-foot scalloper Paul & Michelle after it lost engine power approximately 26 miles south of Montauk, New York, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.  (Photo Credit: Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler)

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca prepares to tow the 85-foot scalloper Paul & Michelle after it lost engine power approximately 26 miles south of Montauk, New York, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. (Photo Credit: Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler)

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NEW BEDFORD (CBS) – Despite some rough seas, a New Bedford fishing crew is home safe after their ship’s engine gave out in the open ocean.

The 85-foot scalloper Paul & Michelle and its crew of seven was heading home around 2:30 a.m., when it became disabled about 26 miles off Montauk, N.Y.

In 20-25 knot winds and 5-8 foot seas, Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Seneca towed the ship into Rhode Island waters, where a salvage vessel picked it up and returned the vessel to New Bedford.

“We are very happy to have the fishing vessel Paul & Michelle and her crew safely in port,” said Cmdr. Charles Fosse, the commanding officer of the Seneca. “The formidable on scene weather with high seas and gusting winds made this a difficult towing mission and I’m very proud of my crew who executed their demanding roles professionally with positive results.”

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