Coast Guard responds to collision at sea

BOSTON – The Coast Guard assisted two fishing vessels after they collided about 17 miles southeast of Gloucester about 3:40 p.m. today.

The station received a call via VHF radio channel 16 around 3:45 p.m. reporting a collision of the fishing vessels, Carry My Rods of Lynn, Mass. and Harvest Moon of Gloucester, Mass. No injuries were reported.

Station Gloucester’s crew responded with a 47-foot motor life boat and a 25-foot response boat and arrived on scene around 4:20 p.m.

Harvest Moon sustained minor hull damage and Carry My Rods sustained damage to its port stern and was taking on water.

The 25-foot response boat provided a dewater pump to Carry My Rods, then escorted both vessels to Gloucester.

Seas were 1 to 2 feet with winds of 5 to 12 miles-per-hour. The cause of the collision is under investigation by Coast Guard Sector Boston.

“Fortunately both crews made it back to port safely. A collision at sea is very dangerous. We urge all mariners stay alert on the water and take every action possible to prevent a collision,” said Petty Officer Harris Martin who responded to the scene.

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