Coast Guard helicopter plucks two men from grounded boat off Wasque

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter hovered over a grounded lobster boat as a 47-foot motor lifeboat stood by during the rescue of two fishermen early Thursday morning.
Photo by Skip Bettencourt

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter hovered over a grounded lobster boat as a 47-foot motor lifeboat stood by during the rescue of two fishermen early Thursday morning.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod pulled two men to safety from their grounded boat off Wasque Point at approximately 6 am, Thursday morning off of the southeast corner of Martha’s Vineyard in an area known for treacherous shoal, in an area known for treacherous shoals, at approximately 6 am, Thursday morning, October 10.

Watchstanders from Sector Southeastern New England received notification, via VFH channel 16 at approximately 5 am, that the 44-foot lobster vessel Bill B II was taking on water and that the crew had run the vessel aground, the Coast Guard said in a press release.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod and a Station Menemsha 47-foot Motor Life boat crew were launched.

The helicopter crew safely hoisted the fishermen from the grounded vessel. No injuries were reported, the Coast Guard said. No pollution was reported. A salvage company was hired to remove the boat.

“When a vessel is in distress it poses a difficult rescue mission, but this case demonstrates the level of capabilities our assets and crews have to successfully complete the mission,” said Lt. Bryan Swintek, Sector Southeastern New England commander center chief.

The Coast Guard recorded video of the rescue.