Fishing Vessel Assisted off Cape Cod

The Coast Guard escorted the 83’ fishing vessel Krystle James to shore on Friday [Feb 24] after she started taking on water 50 miles east of Chatham, MA.

At about 11:30 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders received a radio call from the crew of the Krystle James stating they had 6 people aboard and were taking on water, reportedly from a hole in the hull.

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and Station Chatham launched a 42’ Near Shore Lifeboat boat crew. The helicopter crew arrived on scene first and deployed a dewatering pump to the fishing crew.

With the pump able to control the flooding, the aircrew stayed on scene until the Near Shore Lifeboat boat crew arrived to escort Krystle James toward land. Coast Guard Cutter Tybee was diverted from an offshore patrol, relieved Station Chatham and escorted the fishing crew safely to New Bedford.