Coast Guard crews rescue two fishermen east of Cape Ann, Mass.

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News
BOSTON − Coast Guard crews rescued two male crew members after a commercial fishing vessel that was taking on water sank three miles east of Cape Ann, Mass., at approximately 10:30 p.m., Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston received notification via VHF channel 16 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Friday, that the 65-foot commercial fishing vessel Terra Nova was taking on water with two people aboard.

The crew reported six feet of water in the forward cabin of the vessel and the onboard pumps were not able to keep up with the flooding. The crew anchored the vessel, donned immersion suits and abandoned ship.

Responding were crews from:

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass.
  • Coast Guard Station Gloucester, Mass.
  • Rockport Harbormaster
  • Gloucester Harbormaster
  • Massachusetts State Police Department
  • local good Samaritan vessels

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located the Terra Nova crewmembers in the water and relayed the position to the Coast Guard Station Gloucester 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew. The crew then rescued the first Terra Nova crewmember. He was hoisted into the helicopter and transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The Rockport Harbormaster rescued the second crewmember and transferred him to awaiting EMS at Coast Guard Station Gloucester. He was then taken by ambulance to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.

The conditions of the crewmembers are unknown.

“A lot of teamwork and moving parts go into a case like this, so it was good to see both fisherman were found quickly and given the medical attention they need” said Lt. Joe Klinker, 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “These fishermen, throughout the Northeast, play such an important role in our maritime community. That’s why we’re out there on patrol every day and we extend our best wishes to the two rescued tonight.”

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