News: Coast Guard assists fishing vessel taking on water off Montauk, N.Y.
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard assisted a fishing vessel taking on water approximately 65 miles southeast of Montauk, N.Y.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn., watchstanders were notified at 10:30 a.m. by the fishing vessel Ocean Pride, homeported in Eliot, Maine, that the fishing vessel Shamrock, from Boston, Mass., was taking on water with four people aboard.
Coast Guard rescue jet and helicopter crews from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., were immediately deployed to assist the crew of the Shamrock. The jet crew dropped two dewatering pumps just before noon and returned to base, while the helicopter crew remained on scene to monitor the efforts by the crew to save the vessel. The helicopter crew returned to base, and the jet crew arrived on scene so the crew could monitor the situation. The fishing vessel Bookie, homeported in New York, was also on scene.
The Coast Guard Cutters Ridley and Tiger Shark, both 87-foot patrol boats, assisted in any rescue efforts.
The crew of the Shamrock donned survival suits and had a life raft ready to deploy if conditions worsened.
The master of the Shamrock reported that a plank in a forward compartment of the vessel’s hull was damaged, causing flooding, and the onboard dewatering pump reportedly could not keep up with the flooding. The crew of the Shamrock was offshore fishing when incident happened.