Sportfisherman Sinks in Merrimack Inlet

Newburyport News: A 40’ sport fishing boat, the Samantha Mae, sank yesterday morning [October 16] off the coast of Salisbury, Massachusetts, forcing its passengers to climb the rocks of the north jetty for safety.

U.S. Coast Guard Merrimack River petty officer John Jenkins said his station received a Mayday call around 8:40 a.m. saying the boat was taking on water. By the time the station’s 24’ shallow water response boat and its 47’ motor lifeboat arrived, the sport boat was resting alongside the north jetty and 4 of the passengers, all wearing life vests, were safely on the rocks.

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