Coast Guard removes crew from grounded, flooding fishing vessel

BOSTON – A Coast Guard boat crew from Station Point Judith, R.I., removed three people from a 63-foot Montauk, N.Y., based fishing vessel that ran aground on the rocks and began flooding at the entrance to Narragansett Bay, R.I., about 3 a.m., today.

“I was coming back from a security round of the station when I just happened to see the Blue Sea really close to the station,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Gagnon, a watch stander at Station Point Judith. “I walked over to the waterline, and I could hear the boat hitting the rocks, so I went inside and hailed the vessel on the radio. They came back and said they were aground and taking on water.”

A 27-foot response boat got underway but the shallow water prevented it from coming alongside the Blue Sea to remove the crew, Michael Fallon, 47, Trevor Knight, 26, and a 17-year-old boy.

The Coast Guard personnel instructed the three people aboard the Blue Sea to put their life raft in the water and climb in. The Coast Guard boat crew threw a heaving line to the life raft, pulled it to them, brought the Blue Sea crew aboard, and transported them to the Coast Guard station.

A Coast Guard Falcon jet from Air Station Cape Cod flew over the Blue Sea this morning and reported a slight sheen in the water surrounding the vessel. Response petty officers on scene report that the pollution is non-recoverable due to the small amount.

The owner of the Blue Sea is working with the Coast Guard to salvage the vessel.

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