A good samaritan rescued three fishermen from the water near Little Gull Island, NY on Thursday.

At 4:53 p.m., a communications watchstander from Coast Guard Station New London, CT, received a call on VHF Channel 16 from a good samaritan aboard the vessel Highlander, who recovered three fishermen from the water after their boat sank.

The vessel owner operator said they had been drift fishing in the Race, a popular fishing location in Long Island Sound, and became disabled when the engine failed to start. The crew drifted into a tidal change rip current and began taking water over the transom several times, before the boat sank out from under them. All three crewmembers were wearing their lifejackets before entering the water.

“This is why we can’t stress enough how important it is to wear your lifejacket,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Troy Castineira, of Station New London. “These fishermen were extremely fortunate that they were rescued when their boat sank in more than 250 feet of water. Who knows how long they would’ve been out there before someone rescued them.”

Station New London’s boat crew responded to the scene and transported the three fishermen to Pine Island, CT. The 21-foot fishing boat that sunk is not reported as a hazard to navigation.

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