Coast Guard saves 4 men from a sinking fishing vessel near Chatham, Mass.

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News
BOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a sinking vessel approximately eight miles south of Chatham, Mass., at approximately 5 a.m. Monday.

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a distress call from a 47-foot fishing vessel Captain R. M. Chace at 1:21 a.m. Monday, reporting the boat was taking on water.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Chatham and Coast Guard Station Brandt Point launched to assist.

All persons aboard donned survival suits and awaited Coast Guard rescue crews.

On scene, the Station Chatham rescue crew provided a secondary dewatering pump to control the flooding while they escorted the fishing vessel Captain R. M. Chace and her crew to Hyannis, Mass.

The crew offloaded their catch and Coast Guard rescue crews confirmed there was no additional flooding or damage.

“We encourage mariners to ensure all watertight hatches and doors function properly to prevent the unintentional flooding of critical compartments,” said Senior Chief Rob Goley, Coast Guard Station Chatham.

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