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Coast Guard rescues three clinging to buoy off Massachusetts waters



Photo courtesy of Coast Guard video

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen five miles east of Nantucket, Saturday.

At 12:48 p.m. First Coast Guard District command center watchstanders received an alert from an emergency position indicating radio beacon registered to the 55-foot commercial fishing vessel Miss Kara.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, and a Coast Guard Station Brandt Point, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew were launched to search.

At 2:02 p.m., the Jayhawk crew located all three fishermen clinging to a buoy. The Jayhawk’s crew safely hoisted all three fishermen and transported them to Hyannis Airport, where they were treated by EMS.

“Their properly registered EPIRB was invaluable for the rescue of these three fishermen,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kristi Butler, search and rescue coordinator for the First Coast Guard District. “This positive outcome demonstrates the importance of maintaining vital lifesaving equipment onboard your vessel.”

The fishermen were not wearing life jackets.

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