Fisherman Rescued from Sinking Boat Off Gardiners Island



A rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Montauk saved three fishermen from their sinking boat off Gardiners Island on Monday, October 7.

The 41-foot commercial fishing vessel Robert James was taking on water and sinking fast, according to Coast Guard officials, who were notified of the emergency situation after a distress call was received by the watchstander of the Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven, Connecticut. The fishermen were advised to don lifejackets immediately.

The watchstander issued an urgent marine broadcast and launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Montauk. Station Montauk’s boat crew arrived on scene where the three fishermen were clinging to the bow of the partly submerged fishing vessel. The boat crew removed the three fishermen just before the vessel sank.

“Our boat crew responded quickly to the request for assistance, transferring the three fishermen onto our boat,” said Petty Officer 2 Class Brent Walsh, the 47-foot Motor Life Boat operator from Coast Guard Station Montauk. “Once the fishermen were safely on board and not in need of medical attention, we determined it unsafe to transfer our boatcrew over to dewater the partially submerged vessel due to hazardous sea conditions.”

There were no reported injuries to the fishermen and no pollution in the vicinity of the sunken vessel. At the location of the rescue, winds were blowing 20 to 25 miles per hour and seas were three feet. The Robert James is homeported in Groton, Connecticut.