Coast Guard crews coordinate rescue for distressed mariners

Coast Guard Sector New England LogoPORTLAND, Maine – U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews, Scarborough Marine Patrol and good samaritans successfully worked together to rescue three mariners near Biddeford Pool, Maine, Jan. 3, 2010.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a distress call via VHF Channel 16 marine broadcast radio at approximately 1:40 p.m. from the Misty Dawn II, a 42-foot commercial fishing vessel, stating it ran aground in the vicinity of Biddeford Pool with three persons onboard. The mariners stated they were donning survival suits before losing communications.

A Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat crew, the Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island, an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew and local agencies were directed to the last know location. The Scarborough Marine Patrol arrived on scene at approximately 2 p.m. and transferred the mariners from the sinking vessel to the fishing vessel Titan, which was in the general vicinity. The mariners were reported to be in good condition.

Coast Guard investigators are working with the owners of the vessel to create a salvage plan.

There are no signs of pollution.

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