The U.S. Coast Guard is towing a stranded Rockport-based boat to safety.

At around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a crew member of the Jocka, a 65-foot fishing boat, radioed the Coast Guard saying they had engine trouble 45 miles off the coast of Portland, Maine, according to the Coast Guard. 

Coast Guard cutter Ocracoke, based in South Portland, Maine, steamed to the scene by 3:15 p.m. but weather conditions stopped it from reaching the Jocka. 

Boston-based Coast Guard cutter Spencer, went to the scene and arrived at 6 a.m. on Thursday. 

The Spencer’s crews towed the Jocka towards Portland and was scheduled to pass the tow operation to another Coast Guard boat at around 2 p.m. 

"Our crews experienced extremely difficult weather conditions making this tow anything but routine," said Coast Guard Cmdr. Jamie Freder. 

The Jocka has four crew members. 

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