Good Samaritins help charter boat off New Hampshire

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine- Two Coast Guard boat crews responded to a call for help from a 60-foot charter fishing boat that was taking on water about 20 miles southeast of Portsmouth, N.H., around 3:40 p.m., Saturday.

The Sea Mist, of Hampton, N.H., radioed Coast Guard Sector Northern New England reporting that the boat was taking on water and needed help.

Good Samaritans nearby heard the call, diverted to the scene, and passed pumps to the Sea Mist crew to help de-water the vessel.

Two 47-foot motor life boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Merrimack River and Portsmouth Harbor responded to the scene to offer assistance.

Once on scene, the Sea Mist had been successfully de-watered and was preparing to return to port.

Coast Guard boat crews will escort the boat back to Hampton, N.H.

There were 33 passengers and three crewmembers aboard the Sea Mist at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

The Barley III, the Starfish, and the Yellowbird were the good Samaritins who helped with the case.

“The good Samaritans were a great asset in this case, by responding quickly to the scene and helping the crew of the Sea Mist until Coast Guard crews arrived on scene,” said Chief Petty Officer Randy Bucklin, command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “Since this is a commercial vessel, the Coast Guard will follow up with a marine investigation to help determine the cause of the casualty.”

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