Coast Guard saves two from sinking boat

BOSTON – The Coast Guard plucked two fishermen from a 42-foot trawler today moments before it sank three miles from Gloucester, Mass.The crew of the Gloucester-based Miss Sonya broadcasted a mayday on Channel 16 VHF-FM at 7:30 a.m., saying their boat was taking on water. Coast Guard Station Gloucester personnel responded and deployed a 25-foot rescue boat crew and 47-foot motor lifeboat to their position, about three miles south of Eastern Point in Gloucester.

The motor lifeboat crew arrived at 7:40 a.m., and rescued the two fishermen at 7:50 a.m. One minute later, the Miss Sonya rolled onto its side and by 8:15 a.m., was fully submerged.

The reported weather was 20-knot winds, 6-foot seas and water temperature of 37 degrees.

Coast Guard Sector Boston issued a marine safety broadcast to warn others mariners in the area of the submerged vessel.

“We got their radio call, which was critical to the success of this case, launched immediately and were there just in time to save them,” said Petty Officer Matthew Jenkins, Station Gloucester’s officer of the day. “Luckily, their radio worked and they were fast to get the mayday call out and give us their position.”

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