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Coast Guard rescues 4 fishermen 60 miles off Maine coast

by Coast Guard First District Northeast 15 Nov 2018 14:28 UTC
Air Station Cape Cod rescue aircrews and the rescued four fishermen from fishing boat Aaron & Melissa II pose for a group photograph at Brunswick Executive Airport. The fishing crew abandoned ship about 60 miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine. © U.S. Coast Guard / Lt. Kate Dacimo

The Coast Guard rescued four fishermen Wednesday after abandoning their boat off the coast of Rockland, Maine.

The captain of the 76-foot fishing vessel Aaron and Melissa II radioed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at approximately 7:45 a.m., reporting the fishing boat was taking on water.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrews launched from Air Station Cape Cod and located the raft and fishermen.

A rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter and hoisted all four fishermen to the helicopter.

The aircrew landed at Brunswick Executive Airport in Brunswick, Maine, where they were met by emergency medical service personnel and transported to Mid Coast Hospital.

The fishermen were reported to be in good condition.

The weather was reported to have 20-foot seas, 30-knot winds, and the water temperature 50 degrees.

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