One dead, two rescued by Coast Guard after boat begins taking on water

BOSTON – One person is dead and a Coast Guard crew rescued two others after their boat began taking on water about one mile off the coast of Provincetown, Mass., Friday, Oct. 8, 2010.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Provincetown and local EMS remove people from a Coast Guard rescue boat. Coast Guard photo

The names of the boaters are unknown at this time.

A station crewmember performed CPR on one of the unconscious boaters the entire trip back to the station, but the boater was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

“Even though the Coast Guard crew arrived on scene quickly, unfortunately one of the boaters didn’t survive,” said Lt. j.g. Brian Hall, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the boater’s family and friends.”

The two survivors were hypothermic but in stable condition when rescued by the Coast Guard crew.

Around 9:10 a.m., the Coast Guard received a Mayday distress call from a person aboard the 20-foot vessel stating, “Coast Guard Coast Guard Mayday, Mayday,” and an additional call stating, “We’re taking on a lot of water.”

Coast Guard crews were able to use Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control and communications system created to improve the ability to assist mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea, to triangulate the location the boat was calling from.

Rescue 21 used the signal received from two towers to pinpoint the boaters’ location.

“The position we received from Rescue 21 was extremely accurate and helped us find the distress boaters within about 30 minutes of the first call,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Trent Storm, an operations unit controller at Sector Southeastern New England.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Provincetown responded to the calls and recovered all three boaters from the water.

A local EMS crew met the crew and boaters at the station to transport the three to a local hospital.

The cause of the vessel taking on water is unknown.

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