BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has rescued four people from a sinking boat about 18 miles (29 kilometers) off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.
Officials say the captain of the Sea Star called for help around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, saying the boat was taking on water and the crew was wearing immersion suits.
A helicopter arrived, and the aircrew determined the boat could not be saved. The fishermen were ordered into the water, and a rescue swimmer helped airlift the crew to safety.
The fishermen were brought to Cape Cod, where officials say they appear to be in good health.
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Scott Backholm, command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England, says the suits helped protect the crew from the cold water.