Coast Guard crews responded to two vessels in distress off Massachusetts on Monday — one on fire and one sinking.
In the first incident, Coast Guard rescue crews assisted a commercial fishing vessel on fire 35 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a radio call from the 88-foot fishing vessel Raiders at approximately 8:40 a.m.
A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and Coast Guard Station Brant Point 42-foot Fast Response Boat launched to assist. The Coast Guard Cutter Seneca diverted from its patrol.
After the Raiders’ eight-person crew expended all fire extinguishers, they received assistance from a good Samaritan who supplied five additional fire extinguishers.
Several hours earlier, the Coast Guard rescued four people aboard a sinking vessel approximately eight miles south of Chatham, Mass.
Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England Command Center received a distress from a 47-foot fishing vessel Captain R. M. Chace at 1:21 a.m. reporting the boat was taking on water.
All persons aboard donned survival suits and awaited Coast Guard rescue crews.