Four people were rescued by the coast guard Wednesday night as their fishing boat was sinking about 18 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Coast Guard officials said the captain of the vessel “Sea Star” radioed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England to say his boat was taking on water, listing heavily, and that he and the crew were donning their immersion suits.
A Jayhawk helicopter and HC-144 Ocean Sentry from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod were on a training mission when the call for help came in. They were diverted to the scene where they safely rescued the fishermen on the sinking boat.
There were no injuries reported and no word on what caused the vessel to take on water and sink.
The “Sea Star” sank and a safety marine bulletin was issued notifying nearby mariners of the potential navigation hazard of the debris field.
You can click here for video of the Coast Guard rescue