Coast Guard assists flooding boat near Cape Ann, Massachusetts

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Coast Guard Station Gloucester, and Coast Guard Station Merrimack River assisted a distressed mariner near Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Wednesday.

At about 1 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston Command Center received a distress call from the vessel Blue Ocean via VHF Channel 16 saying they were taking on water and unable to control the flooding with their pump.

Within about 20 minutes, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry Aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts was diverted and dropped a P-6 de-watering pump to the Blue Ocean.

Rescue crews aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat and a 29-foot response boat small from Station Merrimack River arrived on scene at 1:29 p.m. to assist further.

Meanwhile the Blue Ocean, now using both pumps, began keeping up with the flooding and making their way back to port.
The Station Merrimack River crews escorted Blue Ocean back to Gloucester, Massachusetts, and transferred the escort to Station Gloucester who saw the vessel safely into port.

“This is a classic example of prepared mariners,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Elizabeth Ricketes, operations unit controller at Sector Boston. “They had a working pump and radio onboard and called us right away when they needed help.”

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