Coast Guard rescues 6 people after boat takes on water

MARTHA’S VINEYARD – A Coast Guard crew responded to a pleasure craft fire with four people aboard near Vineyard Sound Saturday morning

At approximately 8:51 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector South Eastern New England received a distress call over channel 16 from a passenger aboard the 32-foot pleasure craft Fast Line.

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four people who were aboard a boat that caught fire off the coast of MA.

The Coast Guard sent an urgent marine broadcast to boats near Fast Line to respond and help.

Upon arriving at the scene, members of the Coast Guard conducted an inspection of the pleasure craft.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Menemsha and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter were dispatched to assist the Fast Line.

After making contact with the flooding vessel about an hour later, the Coast Guard crew took off four of the six people aboard, pumped out the boat and determined it could be safely towed back to port.

No injuries were reported.

Officials said the cause of the flooding was a crack in the boat’s hull.

Angler was later towed to Falmouth by a commercial towing vessel, the Coast Guard said.

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