The Coast Guard rescued 3 fishermen from their sinking boat off Gardiners Island, New York, today (Monday, October 7).
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven received a distress call from a crewmember aboard the 41′ commercial fishing vessel Robert James, stating that his boat was taking on water and was sinking fast.
The watchstander issued an urgent marine broadcast and launched a 47′ Motor Life Boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk.
When the rescue crew arrived on scene, they found the fishermen clinging to the bow of the partly submerged fishing vessel. The rescue crew removed the 3 fishermen just before the vessel sank.
“Our boat crew responded quickly to the request for assistance, transferring the three fishermen onto our boat,” said Petty Officer 2 Class Brent Walsh, the 47′ Motor Life Boat operator from Coast Guard Station Montauk. “Once the fishermen were safely on board and not in need of medical attention, we determined it unsafe to transfer our boat crew over to dewater the partially submerged vessel due to hazardous sea conditions.”
There were no reported injuries to the fishermen and no pollution in the vicinity of the sunken vessel. At the time of the rescue, winds were blowing 20-25 mph and seas were 3′. The vessel was homeported in Groton, Connecticut.