Fisherman Dies off Gloucester, MA

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Boston.com reports that one fisherman died and 2 were rescued after the fishing boat Oris C sank in 30-knot winds and 8’ seas about 12 miles off Thacher Island off Gloucester, MA, on Thursday, Dec.  3.

The incident began at around 3:00 p.m., when the Coast Guard was notified that the fishing vessel Orin C was disabled and in need of a tow. A nearby ship began towing the Orin C to shore, but a large wave caused the boat to flood.

A Coast Guard crew was launched and delivered a dewatering pump to the Orin C; however, the boat flooded faster than the pump could remove water from the boat. When the tow line broke, the Coast Guard attempted to rescue the crew.

Once the first crewman had been taken aboard the Coast Guard boat, the 2 other fishermen had to abandon the Orin C. One of the men was unresponsive by the time Coast Guard personnel could reach him.

Despite more than an hour of CPR, the man was pronounced dead when they arrived in Gloucester. The two others were unhurt.

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