NEWBURYPORT — Four fishermen were rescued roughly 28 miles off Plum Island on Saturday afternoon after their 25-foot Wellfleet capsized.
The boat was righted by a TowBoat U.S. crew and brought back to its port of origin in Rye, N.H. No one was injured, according to a U.S. Coast Guard official.
A good Samaritan aboard the 25-foot center console No Name noticed the foundering boat around 11:45 a.m. and came to the rescue of the four men, who were all wearing life jackets. The fellow boater waited until the Coast Guard’s Newburyport-stationed, 47-foot motor life boat arrived. While the four men were brought back to shore by the Coast Guard, their boat was towed back to Rye Harbor. The Coast Guard was back in Newburyport around 5:30 p.m.
“It was very fortunate the good Samaritan responded and was able to be on scene so quickly,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Bobby Cook, an operation specialist at Sector Boston’s command center, in a prepared statement. “A working VHF radio, life jackets for all passengers, and the good Samaritan all contributed to lives being saved today.”
The Coast Guard recently released 2015 recreational boating statistics. In the Northeast, recreational boating deaths decreased from 47 in 2014 to 34 in 2015, which is the second all-time low for this area, the first being in 2013 when there were 33 recreational boating deaths. Thirty of the 34 people who died drowned and 29 of the 34 deaths were the result of capsizing or falling overboard. Thirty-two of the 34 people who died were not wearing a life jacket.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, but signs point to a problem with the boat’s bilge, according to the Coast Guard official.