HARPSWELL — A fishing and pleasure boat that was the subject of a Coast Guard search was found safe early Wednesday morning.

The search began after the Coast Guard received an electronic distress signal from the Zig Zag Four, based on Bailey Island, around 8 p.m. Tuesday. It turned out that the crew had inadvertently activated the distress call while doing maintenance, said Paul Conner, a Coast Guard search and rescue controller. The crew had been working on the EPIRB – the emergency positioning-indicating beacon – which activates automatically when removed, Conner said.

The crew was fishing when it was located around 4 a.m. around Cashes Ledge.

The Coast Guard had been unable to contact the crew and a jet and a boat were sent to search for the vessel.

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