JONESPORT, Maine — Coast Guard rescue crews assisted a Canadian-flagged fishing vessel early Friday morning after it began taking on water near Chandler Bay.
Watchstanders at the Sector Northern New England Command Center in Portland received a mayday call from the three-person crew aboard the Jill Marie at 4:28 a.m., indicating their 50-foot vessel struck a rock and was taking on water.
Rescue crews from Station Jonesport launched with dewatering pumps aboard a 47-foot motor life boat. Once on scene, the Coast Guard crew boarded the Jill Marie and began dewatering it.
As the pumps controlled the flooding, the Coast Guard escorted the Jill Marie and crew back to Jonesport. Safely moored at the pier, the Jill Marie crew quickly affected repairs and were soon underway again enroute to their homeport in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Station Jonesport escorted them to Canadian waters, where they were met by two sister ships that relieved the escort.
“Water was coming in pretty quickly when the crew got on scene, but they were ready for it,” Chief Petty Officer Aaron Clendaniel, the command duty officer at Sector Northern New England, said.
He said even though Maine has nearly 3,500 miles of shoreline, the Coast Guard is strategically positioned in the state to respond quickly along the coast and offshore.