Coast Guard Station Brant Point rescues sailors in Nantucket Harbor

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON − A Coast Guard Station Brant Point crew rescued four sailors from the water after their 40-foot sailing vessel sank in Nantucket Harbor, Massachusetts, Friday.

A Coast Guard Station Brant Point crew rescues four sailors from the water after their 40-foot sailing vessel sank in Nantucket Harbor, Mass., Aug. 8, 2014. The sailors notified the Nantucket harbormaster via VHF radio that they had come into contact with another vessel and were taking on water in Nantucket Harbor at about 10:50 a.m. A Station Brant Point 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew already underway, immediately diverted, rescued the four sailors from the water, and safely returned them to Station Brant Point. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Brant Point)

A Coast Guard Station Brant Point crew rescues four sailors from the water after their 40-foot sailing vessel sank in Nantucket Harbor, Mass., Aug. 8, 2014.

The sailors notified the Nantucket harbormaster via VHF radio that they had come into contact with another vessel and were taking on water in Nantucket Harbor at about 10:50 a.m.

A Station Brant Point 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew already underway, immediately diverted, rescued the four sailors from the water, and safely returned them to Station Brant Point.

“This was an outstanding job by all of the crew, ours and theirs,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Matthew Welsh, officer in charge of Station Brant Point. “The sailors were all wearing their lifejackets, and we were ready to respond. This was definitely a team effort.”

There were no injuries reported. The incident is under investigation.

The disabled sailing vessel is reportedly outside the navigable channel and is clearly marked.

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