Six rescued from sinking New Bern vessel off MA coast

Credit: New Bedford Fire Department

NEW BEDFORD, MA (WNCT) – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued six crew members from a sinking fishing vessel that’s homeported in New Bern, NC.

The Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center received a mayday call around 9:30 a.m. Sunday from the 72-foot scallop boat, Captain Jeff, stating that it was taking on water in Buzzard’s Bay.

Six people were aboard the boat.

“We launched members of the Buzzard’s Bay task force, Coast Guard Station Menemsha, and a helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, as well as some commercial assistance providers who responded to our urgent marine information broadcasts,” said Lt. Pomajzl of the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered to the boat’s deck, along with equipment meant to get the water out of the boat. Lt. Pomajzl said because it couldn’t be de-watered, a rescue swimmer helped get the six people into smaller vessels.

The six crew members were taken to New Bedford, where they were evaluated by EMS and determined to be fine.

The boat’s owners arranged for commercial assistance to secure the Captain Jeff, which was sinking near the entrance of New Bedford harbor between buoys 4 and 5 mid-day Sunday.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

*CBS contributed to this story.

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