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Two fishermen rescued as ship sinks off Kennebunkport

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 11:37 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Two fishermen were rescued Tuesday before their fishing boat sank about 8 miles off the coast.

The captain of Plan B called the Coast Guard around 7:30 a.m. and said his 81-foot boat was taking on water and that his pumps could not keep up. He reported that he and his crew member were donning survival suits.

The Plan B is a herring boat that works out of the municipal fish pier in Rockland during the summer but is based out of Gloucester, Mass., according to Al Gourde, who oversees Rockland’s fish pier.

Plan B is one of four fishing boats that are part of Western Sea Fishing Co. of Gloucester. The others are the Challenger, Voyager and Endeavor. Telephone messages were left with the company.

When the captain of the fishing vessel Cameran Lee heard the emergency radio transmission, he headed toward the vessel in distress and rescued the two men before the boat sank in about 286 feet of water about 8 miles west of Kennebunkport.

The Tahoma, a cutter boat, and Station South Portland also arrived on scene and recovered the boat’s emergency beacon, life raft and several pieces of large debris, the Coast Guard said in a press release. No injuries were reported.

After the emergency call, the Coast Guard launched an Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew; a Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H., rescue boat crew; and a Station South Portland, Maine, rescue boat crew; and diverted the crew of the cutter Tahoma. The Coast Guard also issued an urgent marine information broadcast asking boaters in the area to assist the fishermen.

Weather on scene was 10- to 15-knot winds and 2-foot seas.

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