Fisherman Makes Distress Call for Help Reeling in Tuna

At 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 3 angler Steve McNally of Dracut, Mass., sent out a distress call from his boat saying he was alone and having trouble reeling in a big tuna.

An article from the Lowell Sun says Gregg Looney, also of Dracut, was fishing about two miles away with Captain Kevin Leonowert, when they heard and responded to McNally's distress call. They boarded McNally's boat and helped him land the 650-pound fish.

"I'm very thankful for them," said McNally, who caught an 1,100-pound tuna a few years ago. "It took a lot of pressure off me when they got there. I definitely needed them to get it on the boat. I got lucky, and everything turned out good in the end."

Looney is no stranger to reeling in big tuna. He and his friends were on Capt. Leonowert's boat as part of the National Geographic TV show Wicked Tuna this past July and boated a 920-pound fish that took nearly three hours to subdue.