Gloucester, MA, Tour Boat Assisted After Taking on Water
August 22, 2016
The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a 37’ Cape Ann Harbor Cruise vessel that was taking on water in the vicinity of Brace Cove, outside of Gloucester Harbor on Saturday, Aug. 20.
At 4:34 p.m., watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Boston command center received a mayday call from the captain of the 37’ King Eider. The captain reported the vessel, with 34 passengers aboard, was taking on water at the rate of 5 gallons per minute.
Watchstanders immediately sent an urgent marine broadcast for boats in the vicinity of Brace Cove to respond and render aid. The 40’ charter fishing vessel, Lisa & Jake, was the first on scene at 4:40 p.m. Simultaneously, a Coast Guard 47’ motor lifeboat crew from from Station Gloucester was diverted, and 2 Gloucester Harbormaster boats were dispatched. Both arrived on scene at approximately 4:57 p.m. A Massachusetts State Police Boat and a Gloucester Police Department boat also responded to render assistance.
Pumps were engaged onboard King Eider and were able to keep pace with the flooding. As a preventative measure the Coast Guard crew also placed a high-capacity pump aboard. The passengers remained aboard King Eider, which was towed into Gloucester Harbor.