Coast Guard assists sinking fishing boat off Key West

The captain of the fishing boat Kayden Nicole waves to Station Key West's boat crew about 40 miles off the coast of Key West, Aug. 31, 2020. The fishing boat's emergency positioning indicating locator beacon went off when it started taking on water, alerting Coast Guard crews to the crew's distress. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The captain of the fishing boat Kayden Nicole talks to a Station Key West boat crew about 40 miles off the coast of Key West, Aug. 31, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

MIAMI — A Coast Guard Station Key West boat crew assisted the 73-foot commercial fishing boat, Kayden Nicole, after it started taking on water about 46 miles northwest of Key West on Monday.

The Kayden Nicole’s emergency positioning indicating radio beacon alerted Coast Guard watchstanders that the three person crew was in distress.

Station Key West’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew arrived on scene and transferred a dewatering pump to the fishing crew. A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene and passed a second dewatering pump to the boat. Once the flooding was under control, the response boat crew took the Kayden Nicole in tow and brought it closer to shore.

The owner of the boat made arrangements for another ship in their fleet to arrive and bring the boat back home to Fort Myers.

“Due to the crew having a working and properly registered EPIRB, we were able to send rescue crews directly to their location to give them the help they needed,” said Lt. j.g. Evan Sutton, command duty officer, Coast Guard Sector Key West.

No injuries or pollution concerns were reported.

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