Fisherman safe after boat sinks near Glouchester

BOSTON – A fisherman is safe after he was rescued from his sunken 40-foot fishing vessel by a Good Samaritan about three miles east of Gloucester, Mass., Thurs., Aug. 26, 2010.

A Good Samaritan aboard a sailboat sent a Mayday call to the Coast Guard around 11:16 a.m., as he saw the 40-foot fishing vessel Dirty Martha sinking.

The fisherman was able to get in his life raft and the Good Samaritan rescued him shortly after.

A 25-foot and 47-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester met the sailboat and transferred the fisherman to the 25-foot Coast Guard boat. They then transported him back to the station.

The 47-foot boat crew recovered the boat’s life raft, emergency position indicating radio beacon and debris.

The fisherman is in good condition and declined medical assistance.

The fisherman was having engine problems but does not know what caused his vessel to take on water and sink rapidly.

The Dirty Martha is completely submerged in approximately 162-feet of water and is not a hazard to navigation.

It is reported the vessel had approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel on board. There is a sheen where the vessel sank. A sheen is a thin layer of oil or fuel on top of the water that creates a rainbow affect.

The on scene weather was 2-3 foot seas with calm wind.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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