Two Rescues in Plymouth Mass

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off a cliff and saved a fishing vessel from sinking in Plymouth, Mass., Wednesday.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Point Allerton, and a 25-foot response boat from Station Cape Cod Canal sped to assist a 40-foot Plymouth-based fishing boat taking on water and in danger of sinking with three people aboard just outside of Plymouth harbor. The Station Point Allerton 47-footer arrive on scene about 10:15 p.m. and provide assistance escorting the vessel to Green Harbor. The HH-60 helicopter and the 25-foot response boat were both launched but were returned to base before arriving on scene.

One of the crewmembers aboard Sea Princess, called Coast Guard Sector Boston on channel 16, VHF-FM radio about 8:50 p.m. to report that the vessel was taking on water at an uncontrollable rate. He stated that the captain and crewmen were donning survival suits and had already deployed the life raft.

Sector Boston issued a radio broadcast urging mariners in the area to assist. The tug Catherine Foss responded and arrived on scene with the Sea Princess about 9:10 p.m. Additionally, the Plymouth harbor master responded and arrived about 9:45 p.m. Catherine Foss crewmembers provided dewatering pumps and took the three Sea Princess crewmen aboard.

Douglas Randall, Joseph Dorsi and another Sea Princess crewmember re-boarded their vessel when it was almost completely dewatered, and they realized that the engine had come off its mount, exposing the sea chest. The crew plugged the sea chest and the Sea Princess began making way under its own power toward Green Harbor, Mass., about 10:15 p.m. The motor lifeboat put the Sea Princess on a 15-minute communications schedule while escorting it to the state fish pier. Sea Princess was safely moored about midnight.

Earlier, an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod responded to a request from the Plymouth police department to airlift a man who had fallen from a cliff in Plymouth and landed on the rocks below.

The helicopter arrived on scene about 3:50 p.m., airlifted the patient and transported him to Jordan Hospital in Plymouth. He was in stable condition upon arrival at the hospital.

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