Fisherman Rescued After Grounding off Chatham
September 11, 2014
The Coast Guard rescued a fisherman who was caught in the surf on the Chatham Bar off Chatham, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, September 10.
Watchstanders at Sector Southeast New England received notification from a Good Samaritan that the 40’ fishing vessel Never Enough was stuck in the surf and needed assistance.
Coast Guard Station Chatham rescue crews with two 42’ fast response boats arrived on scene to assist. The Chatham harbormaster also responded.
On scene, waves began to wash over the side of the stricken vessel, which began taking on water. One crew put the Never Enough in a stern tow to move it into calmer waters. However, during the tow, the vessel’s stern began to sink. Due to the risk of the boat breaking up in the surf, the captain of Never Enough was taken aboard the harbormaster’s boat. Fortunately, the Coast Guard was able to tow the boat to a safe area, where the crew remained on scene until TowboatUS arrived to salvage the vessel.
Conditions at the time were seas 3’ to 5’ feet with winds gusting to 20 knots.
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