Fishermen rescued by US Coast Guards after firing flares

Fishermen in Maine fired flares to alert US Coast Guards after their boat started sinking.

The four fishermen were rescued 40 miles south of Southwest Harbor after their 71-foot fishing vessel Lydia & Maya took on water and they summoned the emergency services around midnight one day in August.

Coast Guard Sector Northern New England watchstanders were alerted after receiving a broken transmission from a crew member aboard the 71-foot vessel.

Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor launched a 47-foot boat crew and Air Station Cape Cod launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, which arrived at about 2am.

They found the four fishermen 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.

Chief Petty Officer Aaron Clendaniel, the command duty officer in Sector Northern New England's command center, says, “The weather conditions were not ideal for searching. 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 crew, which suffered mild hypothermic conditions, was taken to Bar Harbor airport where Emergency Medical teams were waiting.

The condition of the fishing vessel is still under investigation.

The black and white image of the rescue is courtesy of USCG.

ago. 23, 2016