Coast Guard and Good Samaritans aid vessel taking on water

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard and two fishing crews aided the crew of a fishing vessel taking on water near New London Ledge Light, Conn., today.

The Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., command center received a distress call at 5:15 a.m. from the crew aboard the 38-foot fishing vessel Decisive, stating they were taking on water. An urgent marine information broadcast was issued requesting any vessels in the area to assist.

The command center instructed the crew to put on their lifejackets and launched a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station New London, who responded along with two nearby fishing vessel crews.

“Once we arrived on scene we were able to determined the vessel was sea worthy so we transferred a crewmember over to assist in dewatering,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Vail, the Coast Guard boat coxswain. “We escorted the vessel while a Good Samaritan towed it back to port.”

A Coast Guard crewmember was transferred to the vessel to de-water and render assistance. The vessel was de-watered then taken in tow by one of the fishing vessels. The Coast Guard crew escorted the boats to Shaw Cove Marina where it was safely moored.

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