Coast Guard Station Chatham rescues owner and fishing boat in Chatham, Massachusetts

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued a fisherman after being caught in the surf on the Chatham Bar in Chatham, Massachusetts, Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeast New England received a notification from a good Samaritan the 40-foot fishing vessel Never Enough was stuck in waves and needed assistance.

Coast Guard Station Chatham rescue crews with two 42-foot fast response boats arrived on scene to assist. The Chatham Harbor Master also responded.

Coast Guard Station Chatham rescued a fisherman after being caught in the surf on the Chatham Bar in Chatham, Mass., Wednesday.

Once on scene, waves began to wash over the side and the vessel began taking on water. One crew put the fishing vessel into a stern tow to move into calmer waters. During the tow, the fishing vessel’s stern began to sink and the second rescue crew instructed the Harbormaster to remove the master from the vessel due to the risk of the boat breaking up in the surf. The master was transported to the Harbormaster safely and the vessel was towed by the Coast Guard into calmer waters.

One crew remained on scene until Towboat U.S. arrived to salvage the vessel.

“We used two crews working together to get this man and his boat out of the breaking surf,” said Chief Petty Officer Michael Caianiello the command duty officer at Sector Southeast New England.

Waves were 3-5 feet with winds gusting to 20 knots.

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