Coast Guard, good Samaritan search for 2 missing fishermen near Block Island, RI

Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel file photo

Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel file photo

BOSTON — The Coast Guard along with a good Samaritan are searching for two missing fishermen after the fishing boat Mistress capsized Tuesday morning off Block Island, Rhode Island.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. the captain of the Mistress issued a mayday call stating the boat was taking on water near the Block Island Wind Farm.

The fishing boat Captain Bligh was nearby and responded to the scene first. The crew of the Captain Bligh rescued one fisherman and reported that the Mistress had capsized, and two fishermen were missing.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod arrived on scene and began searching but encountered low visibility and unsafe weather conditions and was forced to return to base.

A 45-foot response boat from Station Point Judith also launched but was forced to turn around due to weather.

Coast Guard assets currently searching are:

  • The 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel
  • A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Menemsha
  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Point Judith
  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod

The winds were reported to be 30 to 35 knots and the seas 10 feet.

The Mistress is homeported out of Point Judith, Rhode Island.

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