A Portland-based fishing boat with four people aboard was towed back home Thursday morning after engine problems disabled it about 50 miles east of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The captain of the 45-foot Danny Boy radioed the U.S. Coast Guard for help at about 1:15 a.m., the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The Coast Guard command center issued a request for marine assistance from other vessels, but when it went unanswered, diverted the 270-foot cutter Escanaba. The Escanaba towed the Danny Boy to a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from South Portland, which was expected to complete the tow to Portland.

“Despite the crew of the Danny Boy’s best attempt at fixing their vessel, they ultimately had to rely on the Coast Guard for a tow,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kurt Hein, an operations specialist at Sector Northern New England’s command center. “Luckily, the vessel was prepared with adequate marine radios and was able to communicate with the Coast Guard.”

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