Three safe as fishing boat towed toward port

BOSTON- A Coast Guard boat crew launched to help the crew of a New Bedford, Mass.-based fishing boat after it started taking on water today about five miles northeast of Cuttyhunk Island, Mass.

There is no pollution and no injuries have been reported of the three crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Cowboy.

The crew of the 78-foot scalloper radioed for help at 2:11 p.m., reporting the Cowboy was flooding and they needed help.

A 25-foot boat crew from Coast Guard Station Menemsha launched with de-watering pumps, but once on scene discovered that the engine room of the Cowboy was full of water and the pumps would not help.

A commercial salvage company was hired and arrived on scene around 5 p.m., to tow the swamped boat to safety.

“The boat crew from Station Menemsha stayed on scene with the fishing boat in case the crew needed assistance while waiting for the tug Jaguar to get on scene and take the Cowboy in tow,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Sawka, a search and rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, who helped coordinate the rescue.

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