Fishermen Rescued off Cape Ann, MA


Coast Guard crews rescued 2 male crewmembers after their commercial fishing vessel sank 3 miles east of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, at approximately 10:30 p.m., on Friday, October 24.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston received notification via VHF channel 16 at approximately 8:30 p.m. that the 65’ commercial fishing vessel Terra Nova was taking on water with 2 people aboard.

The crew reported 6’ of water in the forward cabin of the vessel and that the onboard pumps were not able to keep up with the flooding. The crew anchored the vessel, donned immersion suits and abandoned ship.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located the Terra Nova crewmembers in the water and relayed the position to the Coast Guard Station Gloucester 47’ Motor Lifeboat crew. The crew then rescued the first Terra Nova crewmember. He was hoisted into the helicopter and transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

The Rockport Harbormaster rescued the second crewmember and transferred him to awaiting EMS at Coast Guard Station Gloucester. He was then taken by ambulance to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.

The conditions of the crewmembers are unknown.