The Coast Guard and local responders rescued 6 people Sunday from a 72’ scallop boat that was taking on water 5 miles off New Bedford. A crewman aboard the Captain Jeff hailed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, in Woods Hole at 9:30 a.m. to report that their boat was taking on water. A 47’ Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Menemsha and a helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod responded, as did the Buzzards Bay Task Force.
Once on scene, a rescue swimmer was deployed from the helicopter to the Captain Jeff with dewatering equipment to control the flooding. After the rescue swimmer realized the dewatering equipment was not keeping up with the flooding, he helped transfer all 6 crewmen to a Task Force boat. The survivors were taken to New Bedford to be evaluated by awaiting emergency services personnel.
No injuries were reported, and the cause of the accident is being investigated.