Coast Guard rescue crews aid flooding vessel near Nantucket

1st Coast Guard District News
NANTUCKET, Mass. — U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews responded to a disabled vessel 70 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass., June 20, 2011.

The 76-foot fishing vessel “United States” contacted Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders after their vessel became disabled and started flooding from a one-inch hole six inches below the vessels waterline.

Watchstanders received a distress call from the fishing vessel’s captain at approximately 5 p.m. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod immediately launched to deliver de-watering equipment to reduce the flooding.

The flooding became stable with the use of the delivered pumps. Watchstanders put the vessel on a communications schedule to ensure flooding was under control and crewmembers were safe. The vessel was escorted to New Bedford, Mass., where it safely moored at approximately 9 a.m., June 21, 2011.

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