Coast Guard responds to collision off Block Island, Rhode Island

 

The yacht, Lucia, sinks about 10 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. Coast Guard Station Point Judith responded after receiving a report that the Lucia and a 40-foot lobster boat, Squeeze Play, collided. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The yacht, Lucia, sinks about 10 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel collision Tuesday about 10 miles east of Block Island, Rhode Island.

The captain of the 40-foot lobster boat, Squeeze Play, used a VHF radio to contact Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders and report Squeeze Play and the yacht, Lucia, had collided.

It was reported Squeeze Play had a crew of two, and Lucia had four people aboard. The yacht was also reported to have a hole in its bow, so the crew of the Squeeze Play helped the four people transfer from Lucia to their lobster boat. The yacht is sinking.

Shortly after, Coast Guard Station Point Judith launched a 45-foot response boat crew, and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched a MH-60 Jayhawk air crew.

After arriving on scene, the boat crew from Station Point Judith transferred the crew members from Lucia to the 45-foot response boat and are bringing them back to port. The Squeeze Play is returning to port as well.

There are  no reported injuries.

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