Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking boat near Portsmouth Harbor, NH

Crew members on a 47-foot motor lifeboat based at Coast Guard Station Merrimack River, Mass., tow a 23-foot fishing vessel near Portsmouth Harbor, N.H. Station Merrimack is located in Newburyport, Mass., where search and rescue is one of its primary missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Merrimack River)

Crew members on a 47-foot motor lifeboat based at Coast Guard Station Merrimack River, Mass., tow a 23-foot fishing vessel near Portsmouth Harbor, N.H. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Merrimack River)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard, along with New Hampshire Marine Patrol and a good Samaritan, rescued two people Tuesday after their fishing vessel began taking on water 12 miles south of Portsmouth Harbor, N.H.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received the distress call via VHF-16 radio from the a person aboard the Cecily Jean at 12:07 p.m.

Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews launched from Coast Guard Stations Merrimack River and Portsmouth Harbor.

New Hampshire Marine Patrol and a good Samaritan arrived on scene and stayed with the vessel until Station Merrimack’s 47-foot MLB arrived and dewatered the vessel.

“The vessel was taking on water through the shaft,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Bren, a crew member from Station Merrimack River. “The crew stopped the leak, dewatered the vessel, and towed them back to port where the boat was trailered.”

The MLB crew towed Cecily Jean to Cashman Boat Ramp in Newburyport.

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