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Coast Guard, local agencies search for 2 fisherman near Nantucket

by Coast Guard First District Northeast 5 Dec 2017 09:35 UTC
Coast Guard, local agencies search for 2 fisherman near Nantucket © U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard crews along with local agencies and good Samaritans are searching for two fisherman after their fishing boat sank Monday evening 10 miles southeast of Nantucket.

At approximately 6:10 pm the First Coast Guard District command center received a distress call via an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) from the 69-foot fishing vessel Misty Blue with four crewmembers aboard.

The fishing boat Enterprise was in the area rescued two of the crewmembers and transferred them to Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead.

Coast Guard and local agencies are currently searching for the remaining two crewmembers.

Search assets include:

  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed wing aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod
  • A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Brant Point
  • Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead, an 87-foot patrol boat
  • Coast Guard Cutter Tybee, a 110-foot patrol boat
  • Barnstable County Sheriff
  • Dennis Fire Department
  • Fishing vessel Enterprise
  • Fishing vessel Mariette
The Misty Blue was homeported out of New Bedford.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

Update December 5

The Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday at 8 p.m. for two missing fishermen near Nantucket, pending the development of new information.

The fishermen originally went missing Monday evening after their boat, Misty Blue, sunk approximately 10 miles southeast of Nantucket. Two other crewmembers were rescued by a nearby good Samaritan.

The Coast Guard, along with state and local agencies and good Samaritans searched for 42 asset hours saturating a 1,605 square nautical mile area.

The search included the following assets:

  • An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod
  • A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Brant Point
  • Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead, an 87-foot patrol boat
  • Coast Guard Cutter Tybee, a 110-foot patrol boat
  • Coast Guard Cutter Albacore, an 87-foot patrol boat
  • Barnstable County Sheriff
  • Dennis Fire Department
  • Massachusetts State Police Dive Team
  • Fishing vessel Enterprise
  • Fishing vessel Mariette
The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

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