Coast Guard monitoring partially submerged boat

BOSTON – The Coast Guard received a report from the vessel Blue Jacket that they were taking on water five miles south of Martha’s Vineyard at around 7:36 a.m. Friday.

A good samaritan vessel, the Sophia recovered four people that were on board the Blue Jacket before it became partially submerged.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England issued a safety marine information broadcast to notify local mariners of the partially submerged vessel.

Coast Guard Station Menemsha launched a 47-foot motor-life boat crew to examine the situation.

It is reported that 80 gallons of fuel are on board the partially submerged vessel, but there are no signs of pollution at this time.

Later today Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod will launch an HU-25 Falcon jet crew for a training flight who will survey the wreckage to continue monitoring the situation.

“Fortunately no one was injured,” said Richard Elliott, search and rescue controller at Sector Southeastern New England. “We are asking mariners to exercise caution when transiting the area of the wreckage.”

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