Six people were rescued Sunday from a 72-foot scallop boat that was sinking five miles off New Bedford, Massachusetts.
The Coast Guard responded after a crewmember aboard Captain Jeff hailed Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, by VHF radio and said the boat was taking on water.
A motor life boat crew from Station Menemsha and a helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod were dispatched, and the Buzzards Bay Task Force also responded.
The helicopter deployed a rescue swimmer with dewatering equipment, but when the swimmer realized it was not working, he helped the crew of the scallop boat get aboard a task force boat.
Here is a video from WBZ-TV in Boston:
All six people were rescued and no injuries were reported. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
A post on the Coast Guard Northeast Sector’s Facebook page reported that the boat had been beached and saved.