Coast Guard rescue crews assist two mariners and two dogs

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews assisted two sailors and two dogs on a sailboat approximately 10 miles of the coast of Newport, R.I., Thursday.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center received a distress call from the 43-foot sailing vessel Nomad at 1 p.m., Thursday. The boaters reported that the vessel was taking on water with two men and two dogs aboard.

Sector Southeastern New England command center crews used line-of-bearing technology in their Rescue 21 communications system to determine a general location of the vessel.

A Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, the Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew immediately responded.

The Station Castle Hill crew assisted in de-watering the vessel and secured the source of flooding.

The sailors and their dogs safely continued on their voyage to Block Island, R.I.

“This is a good example of how the various technologies, vessels, and training invested by the Coast Guard directly benefits mariners in distress,” said Cmdr. Jeannot Smith, Sector Southeastern New England’s chief of response operations.

There was no pollution reported.

The Tigershark is an 87-foot patrol boat stationed in Newport, R.I.

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