Cape Cod Coast Guard crew rescues four south of Montauk, N.Y.

U.S. Coast Guard HH-60 rescue helicopter

USCG file photo

POINT JUDITH, R.I. — A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully rescued four mariners from the sinking fishing vessel Johanna Lenore, 40 nautical miles south of Montauk, N.Y., Jan. 18, 2011.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watch standers contacted the fishing vessel captain after overhearing a radio distress call at approximately 3 p.m. The vessel reported it was taking on large amounts of water and pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. All four crewmembers donned survival suits and had an inflatable life raft and an electronic position indicating radio beacon.

Good Samaritan vessels tried to aid the mariners with de-watering pumps.

Coast Guard rescue crews arrived on scene and hoisted the mariners to the helicopter at approximately 4 p.m. Shortly after hoisting the mariners, the fishing vessel capsized and sank.

The rescue crews took the mariners to Coast Guard Station Point Judith, R.I., where emergency medical services were waiting to aid the mariners. The mariners were reported to be in stable condition.

Weather on scene was reported to have 20-30 knot winds with 10-15-foot seas.

The Johanna Lenore was a 76-foot stern trawler.

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