Coast Guard rescues father and son from life raft

BOSTON (CG Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard rescued a father and son crew of a 40-foot Northeast Harbor lobster vessel after it caught fire and sank around 9 a.m., today about 20 miles south of Southwest Harbor, Maine.

Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor received a phone call from a family friend around 11:22 a.m., reporting that David and Ryan Graves of the fishing vessel Midnight had abandoned ship into a life raft near Mount Harbor Rock.

The crew had a cell phone aboard the life raft and drifted for about two hours until they finally got a cell phone signal to call for help.

The Coast Guard launched a Falcon jet crew and a Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, and a 41-foot and 47-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor. Coast Guard Cutter Moray was diverted to the scene from a routine patrol.

Due to visibility of less than a quarter of a mile, the Coast Guard crews had difficulty finding the crew in the life raft.

Around 1:53 p.m., the 47-foot boat crew located the two men and pulled them to safety. No injuries were reported.

“This was a challenging case due to the low visibility,” said Chief Petty Officer Ed Iversen, the officer in charge at Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor. “The crew of the Midnight used whistles and the cell phone to help us pinpoint their location.”

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