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2 fishermen rescued by other fishermen off Maine coast

Two lobster fishermen were rescued by fishermen from another vessel Sunday afternoon after their boat started taking on water off the coast of Jonesport, Maine, officials said.

The fishing boat Overtimer was loaded with lobster traps when it was hit by heavy waves about 11 miles offshore. The fishermen on board were forced to abandon ship and get into a life raft in their survival suits, said Petty Officer Zachary Hupp.

“The boat was taking water on board and they were unable to keep up with it,” Hupp said.

Another boat, Bad Behavior, happened to be in the area, and the fishermen on board were able to rescue the crew from the sinking boat and transported them to shore, officials said.

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The fishermen were facing 15 to 20-knot sustained winds over 46-degree waters, Hupp said.

Coast Guard crews from Station Jonesport and Air Station Cape Cod arrived at the site of the incident to check on the condition of the boat before it sank and to monitor any potential pollution, officials said.

Hupp credited the fishermen’s preparedness and quick thinking for the success of the rescue effort.

“When you got a crew that’s able to get a survival suit on when the water is 46 degrees, that’s a huge step to getting all to safety,” Hupp said.

Coast Guard crews rescued four fishermen about 60 miles off the coast of Rockland, ME, on Nov. 14. Those fishermen were also clinging to a life raft before they were rescued and taken to shore.


Andres Picon can be reached at andres.picon@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.