February 18, 2019
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Crew rescued after fishing boat sinks off Maine coast

Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Ashley L. Conti | BDN

A fishing vessel loaded with lobster traps took on heavy water and sunk off Jonesport on Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The two-person crew of the vessel Overtimer was safely recovered by the crew of another fishing vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard Northeast said in a tweet.

The vessel’s emergency position-indicating radio beacon sent out a distress alert shortly before 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, according to Petty Officer Zachary Hupp.

The crew put on survival suits and abandoned the vessel after it took on water and sunk about 11 miles from Jonesport. The crew was able to enter a life raft as the boat was sinking and was rescued by a nearby vessel, Hupp said.

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Crews from the Coast Guard Station Jonesport and Air Station Cape Cod were responding to the incident Sunday afternoon, however the two people were rescued before the Coast Guard arrived, Hupp said.

Crews on board the helicopter and fixed wing aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod canceled their response, but members of the Coast Guard Station Jonesport continued to the area where the vessel sank to monitor for pollution.

Hupp said he was not sure of the exact condition of the crew. He said he did not receive reports of any injuries.

 



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