Three people rescued after fishing boat sinks off Scituate
SCITUATE — Three fishermen clung to debris from an overturned boat in freezing water for nearly an hour before being rescued on Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.
A Marshfield resident walking along the beach noticed a boat sinking off Humarock around 2:35 p.m., Scituate Town Administrator Jim Boudreau said.
Rescue teams from Scituate and Marshfield found three people clinging to debris after their 55ft vessel capsized and sank.
It is estimated that they were in the water, which was 42 degrees, for 45 minutes.
The boat was out of Gloucester, Boudreau said.
“It was very, very lucky that this person saw the sinking boat and called for help,” Boudreau said. “I feel like a tragedy was averted today. It was a fantastic job by the police, fire department and harbor master and Mike DiMeo and his crew.
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Captaincy staff from Scituate and Marshfield as well as Coast Guard crews from Air Station Cape Cod and Station Point Allerton responded.
The three fishermen were taken by the local harbor master to be examined by medical personnel, the Coast Guard said. All three suffered from severe hypothermia, WCVB reported.
Scituate Fire Chief John Murphy said the fishermen ingested water and diesel fuel as they clung to the wreckage of the boat, WCVB reported.
Ambulances took the fishermen to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.
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It is not known what caused the sinking of the boat.
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