Coast Guard announces sunken vessel rescue efforts

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The commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area released Thursday the final action memo detailing the results of an administrative investigation into the Coast Guard’s response efforts during a January search-and-rescue case off the coast of Gloucester, Mass.

Matteo Russo and John Orlando died when their 54-foot commercial fishing vessel, Patriot, sank Jan. 3 about 14 nautical miles southeast of Gloucester.

“Our review of this case showed that we were slow to launch search-and-rescue assets because of poor collection and analysis of information, and decision making regarding the Patriot's status," said Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. “The remedial actions I’m requiring are designed to ensure that our people have the right tools, experience and training to be able to act quickly and decisively when emergent and unpredictable cases happen.”

A copy of the Final Action Memo, which includes all of Papp’s opinions and required actions, can be downloaded/viewed here.