Coast Guard, fishing vessel crew, rescues three from sinking Cynthia Z off Martha's Vineyard Saturday

Coast Guard, fishing vessel crew, rescue three from sinking Cynthia Z off Martha's Vineyard Saturday

Three men were rescued Saturday afternoon when their 20-foot boat took on water and sank south of Martha's Vineyard Saturday, according to a Coast Guard release.  Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received the mayday call at 2:24 p.m. this afternoon from the Cynthia Z.  According to one of the three men on the pleasure craft, the boat had begun to take on water and the men donned life jackets and entered the sea. 

One of the men was able to give the Coast Guard their location using a hand-held radio.  The Coast Guard dispatched rescue crews aboard a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Menemsha and an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod.

An urgent alert to mariners in the area was broadcast over channel 16 requesting assistance for the three men in the water. The crew of the fishing boat Patients, responded to the urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) and located and rescued the three men 15 minutes later.

"Good Samaritans are a force multiplier to rescue personnel and provide immediate assistance to people in distress," said Scott Backholm, command duty officer at Sector Southeaster New England.

The crew of the USCG motor life boat transported the three men to Station Menemsha where they were debriefed and released.

Source: United States Coast Guard.

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