Coast Guard saves two from sunk fishing boat 50 miles east of Portland, ME

47 MarbleheadBOSTON — Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor, the Coast Guard Cutters Campbell and Ocracoke, and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod saved two people from their sunken fishing vessel the Jeanne C. 50 nautical miles east of Portland, Maine, Friday.

Watchstanders at the 1st District Command Center in Boston received an emergency beacon notification from the fishing vessel Jeanne C. around
3:28 p.m.

Unable to reach the vessel by radio, search and rescue coordinators from the 1st District directed the launch of the Coast Guard Cutters Campbell and Ocracoke, a 47 foot Motor Life Boat from Station BoothBay Harbor and an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Crews from Station Boothbay Harbor spotted a life-raft with two persons aboard at about 4:30 p.m.

Both people were safely brought onto the Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat and were taken to awaiting EMS at the pier in Boothbay Harbor.

“Their boat sunk right out from underneath them,” said Lt. Samantha Leon, the command duty officer at the 1st District Command Center. “They had the proper safety equipment, like the life-raft, onboard and were able to get in quickly. They helped save their own lives.”

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