The U.S. Coast Guard deployed a rescue helicopter like this one in the successful rescue of four fishermen whose boat took on water in the Gulf of Maine. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Coast Guard rescues 4 fishermen



BOSTON — Members of Southwest Harbor’s Coast Guard Station helped rescue four fishermen Wednesday morning after the fishing vessel Lydia & Maya started taking on water in the Gulf of Maine, according to a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

At about midnight, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a broken transmission from a crew member aboard the 71-foot vessel saying they were taking on water. Shortly after, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert was sounded, notifying watchstanders the crew was in the water.

Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor launched a 47-foot boat crew, and Air Station Cape Cod launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew.

Using the EPIRB distress signal to locate the fishermen, the helicopter crew arrived on scene at about 2 a.m. to find four people in a life raft shooting off flares and using a signal light. The rescue swimmer was deployed, and all four fishermen were airlifted into the helicopter.

The crew was suffering mild hypothermic conditions. They were taken to the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport in Trenton to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

“The weather conditions were not ideal for searching,” Chief Petty Officer Aaron Clendaniel, the command duty officer in Sector Northern New England’s command center, said in a statement. “The Lydia & Maya crew did a great job making sure their safety supplies were in good working condition, and that is what allowed us to find them so quickly.”

The condition of the boat is still under investigation.

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