Coast Guard responds after two boats collide and one sinks

PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard responded Tuesday after two fishing boats collided and one sank, about six miles east of Halfway Rock, Maine.

The 46-foot fishing vessel Tenacious, of Sebasco, Maine, notified Coast Guard Sector Northern New England that it and a 30-foot state-registered fishing boat collided at 11:52 a.m.

There were no injuries. The smaller boat sank in about 80 feet of water. The two people aboard it were able to get off before it sank and they joined the two people aboard Tenacious.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station South Portland and a Maine Marine Patrol boat arrived on scene with the four on Tenacious at 12:42 p.m., and escorted them to the dock in Sebasco, where they arrived safely at 1:33 p.m.

The sector dispatched several investigators and vessel inspectors to meet the survivors at the dock. The owner of the sunken vessel estimated it had about 30 gallons of diesel onboard

The visibility on scene was clear and waves were about 2 to 4 feet. The collision is under investigation.

“A case like this, on such a nice Maine day, is a clear reminder that the sea is a dangerous and unpredictable place,” said Lt. Brian Hollis, Sector Northern New England command duty officer. “No matter the weather, mariners should always be aware of their surroundings.”

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