Coast Guard Assists Sinking Fishing Vessel, Rescues Sick Man Off Cape

The U.S. Coast Guard performed two rescues in Cape Cod waters Saturday night, assisting a sinking fishing vessel and evacuating a man suffering from heart-attack-like symptoms off Chatham.

The 75-foot trawler Destiny put in a distress call to the Sector Southeastern New England Command Center at 6:33 p.m. Saturday, for a man with a possible heart attack, according to a Coast Guard statement.

“Due to weather conditions, Station Chatham was unable to conduct a shipboard medevac,” according to the statement, “and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched to complete the medevac.”

Around 10:45 p.m. the 47-year-old man was taken to Cape Cod Hospital.

Earlier in the night, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca helped seven people on the fishing vessel Linda, which reported it was taking on water 150 miles east of Cape Cod.

The 79-foot boat put in a distress call at about 2 p.m. that it was taking on water with seven people aboard, according to a Coast Guard statement.

A nearby boat later called in to report the vessel was “stable, utilizing pumps, and all people aboard were outfitted with survival suits and a life raft was prepared,” according to the Coast Guard.

Crews of the Cutter Seneca arrived and assisted the vessel with “dewatering, shoring the damaged hull and restarting the engine.” The boat was eventually escorted back to its homeport in New Bedford.

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