Fishing Vessel Crew Issues Mayday off Vinalhaven, ME


The Coast Guard responded Friday, Aug. 26, to a fishing vessel that was taking on water about 60 miles southeast of Vinalhaven, Maine. A person aboard the Tyler used a VHF radio to contact watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England’s command center at about 7:30 a.m. to report that their boat was rapidly taking on water with 4 people aboard.

Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 helicopter crew, and a 144 Ocean Sentry crew arrived on scene shortly after 9:00 a.m. to provide dewatering equipment. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax also launched a Canadian aircraft to provide surveillance.

The high-speed ferry that runs from Portland, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, also responded and, as of 11:00 a.m., was on scene to help with dewatering the Tyler.

Tyler’s crew said they have a life raft and emergency position indicating radio beacon aboard.