Coast Guard crews rescues 2 from sinking vessel near Fishers Island

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station New London aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium approach a 55-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Fishers Island, New York, Sunday March 10, 2019. The individuals were picked up within one minute of abandoning ship. (Photo courtesy of Station New London)

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station New London aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium approach a 55-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Fishers Island, New York, Sunday March 10, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Station New London)

NEW YORK — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station New London rescued two people after they abandoned their sinking fishing vessel near Fishers Island, New York, Sunday morning.

At approximately 7:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a radio call from the crew of a 55-foot commercial fishing vessel stating their boat was taking on water in one of their fish holds.

The command center issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Station Montauk and Station New London rescue boatcrew.

The two people donned survival suits and the fishing vessel maintained a northwesterly course towards the Fishers Island area due to the 8 to 10-foot seas.

At approximately 8:20 a.m., the rescue crew from Montauk arrived on scene. They escorted the vessel and at 9:15 a.m., the Station New London crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rendezvoused with the fishing vessel. The Montauk crew returned to base.

The New London crew passed over a dewatering pump to the crewmembers aboard the distressed vessel. The pump was unable to keep up with the rate of flooding and at 9:30 a.m., the two crewmembers abandoned ship and were quickly picked up by the rescue crew. The boat capsized within one minute of the crew evacuating the vessel.

The two rescued fishermen were taken back to Station New London with no medical concerns.

The fishing vessel was homeported in Hampton Bays, New York, and sank in about 60-feet of water.

“This incident highlights how critical it is to have appropriate safety gear, emergency radio beacons, life jackets, and survival suits,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Diaz, search and rescue mission coordinator for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “Anything can go wrong at sea, even if you’re a professional mariner. The safety gear saved the lives of these crewmembers today.”

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