MMA staff come to aid of disabled boat

CASTINE — On Dec. 18, Maine Maritime Academy received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard requesting assistance for the FV Eastern Star, which was reportedly disabled off of Cape Rosier in Penobscot Bay.

MMA employees Captains Dana Willis, Zander Parker and Kelly Gunthorpe answered the call quickly. They prepared MMA’s Addy Rae, a former Coast Guard 41-foot utility boat, gathered a pump, clothing and other emergency supplies and headed out around noon to locate and assist the vessel.

The team located Eastern Star drifting toward Western Island. Prior to their arrival, several efforts to anchor and restart the engine were unsuccessful. As Addy Rae approached, Eastern Star regained power and proceeded slowly through rough waters toward Bucks Harbor. The crew aboard Addy Rae remained with the vessel until it was safely moored. They returned to Castine just before sunset.

“Our staff demonstrated the true meaning of the phrase ‘Mariners help each other and support one another,’” said MMA President William J. Brennan in an email. “It can be challenging to operate a small vessel in winter weather, but there is comfort in knowing that mariners in our area can rely on one another for mutual help and support.”