Coast Guard, partner agencies save 5 from sinking boat off Martha’s Vineyard


MARTHA’S VINEYARD – The Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued five people Thursday from a recreational boat taking on water about one mile south of Squibnocket Point, Martha’s Vineyard.

The master of the 30-foot boat Cila , homeported in New Bedford, radioed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England on VHF Ch. 16 at about 3:30 p.m., reporting theirvessel was taking on water, with five people aboard.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Menemsha, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod, the Barnstable County Sheriff’s office, and a commercial towing service from Falmouth responded to assist.

When responders arrived on scene, the Coast Guard boat crew transferred four of the five people to the 47-foot Motor Life Boat and began assisting the vessel.

With the master still aboard, the rescue crew was able to control the flooding and stabilize the boat for a return to port under its own power. The boat crews escorted the vessel back to Menemsha Harbor.

No injuries were reported.

Media release furnished by U.S. Coast Guard; photos by Lt. John Doherty, Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office



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