4 Rescued off Montauk, New York

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully rescued 4 mariners from the sinking fishing vessel Johanna Lenore, a 76-foot stern trawler, 40 nautical miles south of Montauk, New York, on Tuesday, January 18. Conditions were reported to include 20- to 30-knot winds and 10- to 15-foot seas.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders contacted the fishing vessel’s captain after overhearing a radio distress call at approximately 3:00 p.m. stating that the boat was taking on large amounts of water and pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. The crewmembers donned survival suits and prepared the life raft and EPIRB, while Good Samaritan vessels tried to aid the mariners with dewatering pumps.

Coast Guard rescue crews arrived on scene and hoisted the mariners to the helicopter at approximately 4:00 p.m. Shortly thereafter, the fishing vessel capsized and sank.

The rescue crews took the mariners to Coast Guard Station Point Judith, Rhode Island, where emergency medical personnel were waiting to aid the mariners, who were reported to be in stable condition.

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