3 Rescued Off Owl’s Head, Maine

Coast Guard rescue crews and a Good Samaritan aided a commercial fishing crew after the latter were forced to abandon their sinking boat east of Owl’s Head State Park, Maine, on Friday, December 31.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a report that the fishing vessel Miss Jill was sinking at 8:40 p.m. and that its 3 crewmembers were abandoning the vessel to board a life raft. Coast Guard Station Rockland rescue crews launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat to the last reported location as an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast was issued by watchstanders alerting any boats in the vicinity to provide assistance.

The 30-foot fishing vessel Rising Sun, which was in the immediate area, responded to the alert, located the life raft and plucked the crew from the water.

“It’s fortunate the Rising Sun crew was close by to assist the mariners,” said Chris Berry, a Coast Guard Sector Northern New England operational unit controller. “This shows the great camaraderie of a tightknit maritime community.”

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