Fishing boat taking on water off Martha's Vineyard, crew rescued by Coast Guard

Coast Guard crews and good Samaritan team up to rescue crew
A Coast Guard crew and the crew of the Good Samaritan vessel Triunfo come to the rescue of the Sasha Lee of the Vineyard. USCG photo.

A four-man crew aboard a vessel taking on water, was rescued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and a good Samaritan early Friday morning. According to a USCG release, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from the crew of the Sasha Lee reporting they were taking on water.

The fishing vessel was located 11 miles southwest of Martha's Vineyard. Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and launched a 47-foot motor life boat crew from Coast Guard Station Menemsha. The 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, which is homeported in Boston, was diverted to the scene. 

When the Menemsha crew arrived, they boarded the Sasha Lee with a dewatering pump to stop the flooding, the release said.

The crew of the Triunfo, a good Samaritan fishing boat responded to the UMIB, and took the Sasha Lee in tow. The Triunfo then towed the Sasha Lee to New Bedford.

"The teamwork of the Spencer and Station Menemsha to dewater the Sasha Lee was paramount in keeping the vessel from sinking," said Captain John Kondratowicz, Commander of Sector Southeastern New England. 

Coast Guard crews also responded to two other emergency calls during the same period. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on