Coast Guard assists crew with flooding fishing boat

 ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard assisted six passengers aboard a 40-foot sport fishing boat that was taking on water today 30 miles east of Atlantic City.

The Coast Guard received a call at 5:50 a.m. from a crew member aboard the fishing boat Mary Hazel reporting the Rhyme Time was taking on water at a high rate through the boat’s shaft packing.

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City dispatched a helicopter rescue crew to the scene and lowered a rescue swimmer and a water pump aboard the 40-foot boat.

The rescue swimmer pumped the three feet of water off the boat and was hoisted back into the helicopter leaving behind the water pump and a hand-held radio for the six people aboard.

The crew of the Mary Hazel remained on scene with Rhyme Time while the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Beluga diverted to their location.

The Cutter Beluga crew escorted the Rhyme Time boat crew near Longport, N.J.

The Cutter Beluga is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat home-ported in Norfolk, Va.

“It’s very important mariners help one another,” said Petty Officer Kyle Gerkins, the duty watchstander with Coast Guard Sector Field Office Atlantic City who received the call for assistance. “We appreciate the assistance from the crew of the fishing vessel Mary Hazel.”

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