Vessels Sinks off Gloucester, MA

The Coast Guard rescued a fishermen from a sinking 35-foot commercial fishing vessel Thursday just outside of Gloucester Harbor after the boat began taking on water.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston was notified at 8:23 a.m. that the vessel Little Hunter was taking on water near Eastern Point in Gloucester Harbor. Coast Guard personnel from Station Gloucester launched a 25’ Response Boat and arrived at the sinking vessel at 8:33 a.m. Once on scene, rescue crews asked the operator to put on his lifejacket as they began to set up a pump to try and dewater the fishing vessel.

A Good Samaritan also responded to the sinking vessel and took the fisherman aboard just before the Little Hunter sank. The Little Hunter had approximately 40 gallons of diesel fuel on board, and Coast Guard personnel are monitoring the area because of the spill caused by the sinking.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

The owner of the Little Hunter is arranging for commercial salvage to raise the vessel for repairs.

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