CG Rescues 2 Fishermen Off Kennebunkport, ME

The 81-foot fishing vessel Plan B is shown taking on water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor.

The Coast Guard assisted two fishermen after their fishing vessel began to take on water nine miles east Kennebunkport, Maine, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call at 7:20 a.m. from the 81-foot fishing vessel Plan B reporting that they were taking on water and pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. The men were donning survival suits.

The Plan B's two fishermen were unable to control flooding and were rescued by a good Samaritan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Portsmouth Harbor.

The Coast Guard immediately launched an Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, a Station Portsmouth Harbor, N.H., rescue boat crew, a Station South Portland, Maine, rescue boat crew, and diverted the crew of the cutter Tahoma. The Coast Guard also issued an urgent marine information broadcast asking boaters in the area to assist the fishermen.

The crew of the fishing vessel Cameran Lee responded to the UMIB and safely transferred the two fishermen from the Plan B to their vessel.

The Tahoma and Station South Portland are currently on scene monitoring the situation.

“This rescue highlights the importance of communication in an already hazardous environment,” said Lt. Nick Barrow, command center supervisor at Sector Northern New England. “The value of good Samaritans in our tight-knit community is invaluable.”

There were no injuries or pollution reported.

Weather on scene was 10 to 15-knot winds and two-foot seas.

The Plan B is still afloat and crews are arranging commercial salvage.

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