Coast Guard Saves 2 Fisherman After Their Boat Sinks

BOSTON – Two Massachusetts fisherman were rescued tonight after their boat sank near Provincetown, Mass.

The fishing vessel Sea Princess‘ crew, 43-year-old William L. Picken of North Chelmsford and 42-year-old Robert F. Wilson of Brant Point, made a distress call to Coast Guard Station Provincetown on channel 16 VHF-FM at 5:46 p.m. They said the the 45-foot Green Harbor based fishing vessel was flooding and they were abandoning ship.

A rescue crew launched at 5:55 p.m., arrived on scene within minutes and recovered Picken and Wilson who by that time were in their life raft. The Sea Princess had sunk in about 200 feet of water.

They arrived safely at Station Provincetown at 6:51 p.m.

“These guys got a may-day call out to the Coast Guard, had their survival gear all ready to go and it worked – that was a real lifesaver for them,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Sullivan, Officer of the Day, Station Provincetown.

The sinking is under investigation.

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