Cape Cod-based Coast Guard helicopter crew takes part in rescue of Maine fishermen

BOSTON — A Coast Guard Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod took part in the rescue of two fishermen Thursday off Nash Island, Maine.

Their lobster boat became disabled when a swell pushed the vessel onto a rock causing them to swim to shore.

Just after 5:30 p.m., a concerned neighbor called watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Jonesport, Maine reporting that his neighbors went fishing at 11 a.m. in a 21-foot white lobster boat and were due back by 1 p.m., but they hadn’t returned. He also reported that his friends only spoke French.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from launched from Station Jonesport, and the MH-60 Jayhawk from Cape Cod.

As the boat crew entered the vicinity of Eastern Harbor, they observed a red flare and investigated. Once on scene, the crew found a partially submerged white lobster boat and two men on Nash Island waving their arms and whistling. One of the fishermen held another flare.

Unable to get to the fishermen due to the rocky shallow water, the boat crew kept watch over the fishermen until the aircrew arrived. The aircrew landed on the island, and the fishermen were bought into the aircraft cabin.

The fishermen were brought back to Station Jonesport to awaiting their wives and Emergency Medical Services for evaluation.
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