Coast Guard rescues 3 after skiff overturns off Jonesboro

Posted Jan. 13, 2012, at 8:21 p.m.

JONESPORT, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three people from the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean after the skiff they were in overturned off the coast of Jonesport, across from Kelley Point.

All three of the boaters, whose names and hometowns weren’t immediately available, were met onshore by emergency medical personnel, who took them to an area hospital for treatment, Chief Petty Officer Jason Smith of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England said early Friday evening.

Smith did say that all three boaters are adults. No further information about their medical condition was available Friday night.

Smith said that the three used a cellphone to call for help after their watercraft capsized about 4:30 p.m.

With the help of spotlights, the crews of a lifeboat and a 25-foot response boat launched from the Coast Guard’s Jonesport station located the trio between Pig Island and Sheep Island and removed them from the ocean, Smith said. The three were back on shore in Jonesport within an hour, he said.

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