Coast Guard Responds to Sinking Boat, Good Samaritan Saves 4 Lives

BOSTON – The Coast Guard responded to a report of a fishing boat sinking 9:15 p.m., Tuesday about 70 miles east of Chatham, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a mayday call about 9:15 p.m. from the crew of the Gloucester, Mass., based Virginia Surf that they were taking on water. The sector lost communications with the Virginia Surf, and another vessel, the Lily Jean, told the Coast Guard they were heading in the direction of the sinking boat.

A Falcon jet from Air Station Cape Cod launched and the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, a 210-foot cutter from Kittery, Maine, was diverted to the scene.

All four people aboard the Virginia Surf were transferred to the Lily Jean and upon determining their safety, the Coast Guard Falcon jet and the Cutter Campbell stood down.

The Coast Guard issued safety broadcasts warning near-by mariners of the vessel, which soon sank completely.

Lily Jean transferred the Virginia Surf crewmembers to Coast Guard Station Gloucester about 11:30 a.m. today.

The sinking is under investigation.

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