4 Rescued After Skiff Capsize in Eastport, ME

The Coast Guard rescued 4 people Tuesday, Jan. 30, after a 14’ skiff capsized in Deep Cove near Eastport, Maine, sending 5 people into the 39-degree water.

A good Samaritan called 911 at about 2:00 p.m. to report the capsize, and said 4 people were in the water in need of rescue and a 5th had swam to shore. The information was relayed to the watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Eastport who immediately launched a 29’ response boat crew to help.

A 45′ response boat crew from Station Eastport was already underway and diverted to the area to assist.  Crewmembers aboard the 45’ response boat quickly arrived on scene and found one man on top of the overturned skiff, and 2 men and 1 woman holding onto it in the water.

The Coast Guard members pulled the 4 people aboard the response boat and took them to shore where they transferred their care to Downeast Emergency Medical Services personnel.