Coast Guard rescues 3 from capsized vessel in New Haven Harbor

NEW YORK – The Coast Guard rescued three people from New Haven Harbor after their 22-foot fishing vessel capsized late Thursday night.

Just before midnight, West Haven, Conn. dispatch received a 911-call from a person aboard the vessel who stated that three people swam to the middle break wall after several waves capsized their boat.

The dispatchers then notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. The command center issued an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and had a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station New Haven head to the area.

The rescue crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium arrived on scene at approximately 12:15 a.m. The three individuals were able to climb aboard the response boat and were then brought to awaiting EMS at Station New Haven.

Two of the three of people were wearing life jackets. The individuals reported no injuries and declined EMS care.

A commercial salvage company is scheduled to remove the overturned vessel on Friday.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear a life jacket. The number one cause of boating fatalities is drowning, most often by sudden, unexpected entry into the water. Wearing a life jacket increases the chances of surviving a boating accident.

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