Coast Guard rescues two from sinking ship off Barnstable Sunday

Two rescued from sinking vessel off Barnstable

The Coast Guard came to the rescue of two mariners Sunday afternoon when Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England watchstanders received a distress call around 2 p.m. The caller reported that the 17 foot fishing vessel was sinking two miles east of Beach Point near Barnstable, according to a USCG release.

"Our crews got on scene quickly, and that made all the difference," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Luke Clayton, a 1st Coast Guard District public affairs specialist. "Because these mariners were ready with the equipment they needed to call and wait for help, two lives were saved today."

A Coast Guard crew aboard a 45 foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal located the vessel and removed the two mariners. They were then transferred to members of the Barnstable Fire Department who were standing by with emergency medical services.

According to the USCG, the boat is anchored on a sandbar and is scheduled for salvage.

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