U.S. Coast Guard officials on Monday towed a lobster boat in from Casco Bay after it began taking on water.

The vessel, named Stringer Bell, reported that it was in distress late Monday morning in the water off Cape Elizabeth.

According to a Coast Guard spokesman, the boat was never at risk of sinking because its bilge pumps were still working, but each time the engine started, it took on water.

There were two people on board at the time. Neither was hurt.

The Coast Guard towed the vessel to Hobson’s Wharf in Portland.

Later in the day Monday, there were reports of lobster traps washing up near Kettle Cove, which is the area from which the boat had been towed.

The Coast Guard spokesman said he didn’t know whether those traps belong to the Stringer Bell.