Coast Guard rescue crews assisted 7 people aboard a sinking fishing vessel approximately 40 miles southeast of Nantucket, at approximately 6:22 a.m. on Saturday, October 20.
Watchstanders from the Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a distress call from the 84’ fishing vessel Luzitano at approximately 4:18 a.m. The vessel reported that they were taking on water with 7 people aboard.
The fishing vessel Luzitano had all the required safety gear as well as three dewatering pumps, but the pumps were not keeping up with the flooding.
A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HU-25 Falcon Jet crew were launched to assist.
The MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HU-25 Falcon Jet crew delivered two additional pumps to the Luzitano‘s crew.
The Luzitano‘s crew reported that with the 2 additional pumps they were able to keep up with the flooding and determined that the cause of the flooding was a 4” hole in the engine room.
The vessel was escorted to Woods Hole.
“This case is a good example on why it is important to contact the Coast Guard immediately,” said Scott Backholm, the command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England. “The faster we have visibility on a situation the faster our rescue crews can respond.”
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