VIDEO: Refuge in a life raft

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It all unfolded quickly: A three-person crew 150 miles offshore discovers their engine room full of water, sends their last known position via satellite phone and abandons ship into a life raft.

“As soon as we saw the beacon go off, I knew they were in trouble,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Brancaleone, one of the operations unit coordinators at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston.

The Coast Guard launched multiple assets from Air Station Cape Cod and put its rescue training to work.

The 54-foot commercial fishing boat Scotia Provider, homeported in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, sank before rescuers arrived Monday afternoon.

Coast Guard spokesman Ross Ruddell told The Yarmouth County Vanguard that there were no injuries or cases of hypothermia.

Every year, the 1st Coast Guard District saves 350 lives in the Northeast.