40 fishermen rescued from charter boat stranded at sea


BOSTON — Coast Guard Station Gloucester rescued 40 people aboard the fishing charter Yankee Patriot II after a reported engine fire.

At approximately 8:40 a.m., Station Gloucester received a call on Channel 16 the fishing charter, Yankee Patriot II, had a fire on board and requested immediate assistance. The station launched three of its assets, two 47-foot Motor Life Boats and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small. Gloucester Harbormaster also launched their asset to assist.

Once on scene, crews from Station Gloucester were able to safely transfer all 40 passengers onto the two, 47-foot MLBs, taking them safely back to Station Gloucester with no injuries reported.

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Once all passengers were on land, all four response vessels then escorted the Yankee Patriot II safely back to their homeport at the pier in Gloucester, Massachusetts.