3 Rescued in Boat Collision off Boston
January 12, 2011
Coast Guard rescue crews have aided 3 mariners from a fishing vessel that was taking on water after a collision southeast of Hull, Massachsuetts, on Tuesday, January 11.
Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a distress call via VHF 16 radio from the vessel West Bay, a 600-foot bulk carrier, stating they had struck the vessel Michael Brandon, a 51-foot fishing vessel, 20 miles southeast of Hull at approximately 5:00 p.m. The West Bay reported no damage to its hull, but the Michael Brandon had extensive damage to its bow.
Watchstanders immediately issued an urgent marine broadcast alerting mariners in the area of the situation.
A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod and a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Point Allerton diverted to the scene of the collision.
The helicopter crew, which arrived on scene within 30 minutes, lowered a high-volume pump to the fishing vessel to assist with flood control. Unable to dewater and repair the vessel offshore, the lifeboat crew took the Michael Brandon in tow.
The 3 fishermen and the vessel are in safe harbor near Scituate, Massachusetts.
The cause of the collision is under investigation.
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