Coast Guard rescues three overdue fishermen

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen today who were aboard a disabled 72-foot fishing boat 44 miles off the coast of Cape May, N.J.

The Coast Guard received a call at 11:07 a.m. reporting the Cape May based Errant Venture was overdue from a fishing trip.

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., diverted a helicopter crew from a routine flight to search for the fishermen.

The helicopter crew located the fishing boat and learned the Errant Venture was disabled, taking on water and two crew members were injured. The two injured men are the Captain of the boat Greg Cooper, 57-years-old who sustained a hand injury and the other with the nickname “Long Hair”, 37-years-old was suffering from asthma like symptoms.

The aircrew hoisted the two injured men aboard and transported them to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Another helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City was dispatched to the scene and lowered a dewatering pump to the remaining man aboard the boat.

The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ibis homeported in Cape May is on scene and will tow the Errant Venture back to Cape May.

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