Coast Guard and locals save 6 from sinking boat off New Bedford, Mass.

300-unnamedBOSTON — The Coast Guard and local responders rescued six people Sunday from a 72-foot scallop boat sinking five miles off New Bedford.

A person aboard the scallop boat, Captain Jeff, used a VHF radio at 9:30 a.m. to hail watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, in Woods Hole, and report their boat was taking on water.

A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Menemsha and a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod responded to help. The Buzzards Bay Task Force also responded to help the six people.

Once on scene, a rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter onto the Captain Jeff with dewatering equipment to control the flooding.

After the Coast Guard rescue swimmer realized the dewatering equipment was not working, he assisted all six people off the scallop boat and aboard a task force boat.

The survivors were taken into New Bedford to be evaluated by awaiting emergency services personnel. There were no reported injuries.

“The Coast Guard is grateful for the responsiveness and dedication of our interagency partners in Buzzards Bay,” said Lt. Jarrod Pomajzl, the command center chief at Sector Southeastern New England.  “Everything they bring to the table improves the search and rescue system, and today they helped save six lives.”

The Captain Jeff is currently still sinking and adrift in New Bedford Harbor. Commercial salvage has been arranged. The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

The Captain Jeff is homeported in New Bern, North Carolina.

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