Coast Guard crews assist Gloucester fishermen

Coast Guard District 1 NewsBOSTON – U.S. Coast Guard crews assisted four fishermen aboard an 81-foot fishing boat taking on water nearly 40 miles east-southeast of Cape Ann, Mass., Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Boston heard the Gloucester, Mass., stern trawler Captain Joe issue a Mayday call on VHF-FM radio channel 16 around 8:35 a.m., and launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HU-25 Falcon jet crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

The helicopter crew lowered a pump to the boat to help dewater the boat.

The Motor Lifeboat crew escorted the boat back to Gloucester.

“The fishermen’s distress call came over VHF channel 16 where we were able to collect information on what was occurring,” said Chief Warrant Officer Luis Munoz, the commanding officer of Station Gloucester. “In any distress case, the most important information that we are trying to collect is the position of the incident, how many people are on board, the nature of the distress, and the description of the vessel; this was all quickly passed in the initial distress call and helped us determine the appropriate response. Gloucester is a tight-knit community and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

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