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October 26, 2013

Fishermen rescued after boat sinks 3 miles off Cape Ann

Coast Guard crews out of Gloucester and Cape Cod and harbormasters personnel from Gloucester and Rockport teamed up to rescue two crew members after a commercial fishing vessel on which they were working began taking on water and sank late Friday night just three miles east of Cape Ann.

The two crew members aboard the fishing vessel Tera Nova — based out of Provincetown, records indicate — were taken to separate hospitals, one to Massachusetts General in Boston, the other to Addison Gilbert Hospital. Neither of the crew members have been identified, and their conditions as of this afternoon were not known.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston first received notification at approximately 8:30 p.m. Friday that the Terra Nova, a 65-foot commercial fishing vessel, was taking on water with two people aboard.

The crew reported six feet of water in the forward cabin of the vessel and indicated that the onboard pumps were not able to keep up with the flooding, Coast Guard officials said. The crew anchored the vessel, donned immersion suits and abandoned ship.

Responders included crews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and Coast Guard Station Gloucester, along with crews from the Rockport and Gloucester Harbormaster’s offices, Massachusetts State Police, and a number of what the Coast Guard termed “local good Samaritan vessels.”

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew located the Terra Nova crew members in the water and relayed the position to the Coast Guard Station Gloucester 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew. The Coast Guard crew then rescued the first Terra Nova crew member, who was hoisted into the helicopter and transferred to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

A harbormaster’s crew out of Rockport then rescued the second Terra Nova crew member in the water and transferred him to Coast Guard Station Gloucester. He was then taken by ambulance to Addison Gilbert.

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