Coast Guard vessel capsizes while attempting to assist distressed mariners near Long Island

25-foot response boatNEW YORK – Coast Guard Station Jones Beach crewmembers swam to shore after their rescue boat capsized in rough waters near East Rockaway Inlet, today.

At approximately 2 A.M., Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center received an urgent distress call from the 76-foot scallop fishing vessel Carolina Queen III, that had been taking on water. Seven mariners were aboard.

Shortly after, the master reported the vessel was under control and had run aground near the East Rockaway Inlet.

Coast Guard Station Jones Beach launched a 25-foot Response Boat Small to assist. The inlet water produced 10- to 12-foot waves and the vessel capsized. The five crewmembers aboard swam safely to shore.

The Coast Guard vessel ran aground and is currently secured on the beach.

Coast Guard crewmembers were treated by a local Emergency Medical Service. No injuries or medical concerns were reported at this time.

Crewmembers aboard the Carolina Queen III were removed from their vessel and brought safely ashore by an HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City.

All mariners were reported with no injuries or medical concerns.

Salvage plans are being conducted to remove the fishing vessel and Coast Guard vessel from the inlet.

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