Disabled lobster boat towed safely; crew member arrested

Sally Rose

Police met the disabled Gloucester-based lobster boat, Michael & Kristen, as it was being towed into Provincetown on Saturday morning to take one of its crew members into custody.

The Coast Guard had requested that Provincetown police meet them because during the rescue they discovered that one of the crew members, Andrew Moulton, 26, of Gloucester, had several default warrants out of Gloucester.

The warrants encompassed five charges, three motor vehicle charges, including driving with license and registration suspended, and two drug charges, according to Sgt. Carrie Lopes. The drug charges were for distributing a class B drug and a drug violation near a school or park.

Local police took Moulton into custody after the boat arrived at MacMillan Pier about 10:45 a.m.

“We will be transporting him to the Barnstable County House of Corrections Saturday afternoon,” said Lopes. He’ll spend the weekend in Bourne, and then he’ll be taken to court in either Orleans or Gloucester, she said.

A Provincetown-based Coast Guard crew brought the lobster boat into Provincetown after the disabled boat was turned over to them by the Boston-based CG cutter Escanaba.

Nine to 10-foot seas and 30 mph winds kept the Escanaba’s towing speed at about 5 mph.

The crew of the Escanaba, working with the First District command center staff in Boston, determined that the safest location to tow the Michael and Kristen was determined Provincetown.

The lobster vessel, with five people aboard, was disabled Wednesday more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket.

The master of the 77-foot lobster boat called for help at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when the boat’s engines wouldn’t start.

The Rachel Leah, another fishing vessel in the area, answered the calls for help and began towing the Michael and Kristen. The 270-foot Escanaba met both vessels around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and stayed with them through the night. When the Rachel Leah’s towline parted, the Escanaba took over the tow.

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