The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen Friday night after they were forced to abandon ship three miles east of Cape Ann in Rockport, according to Myeonghi Clett, spokeswoman for the Coast Guard.
Moments after setting out to fish, the crew of the 65-foot fishing vessel “Terra Nova” notified the Coast Guard at around 8:30 p.m. that there was a foot of water in their front cabin, prompting the men to return to shore, said Clett.
On their way back, the men realized that the water had risen to six feet. At 9 p.m., the men notified the Coast Guard that they were preparing to abandon ship, said Clett.
The men put on immersion suits, which protect against hypothermia and serve as a floating device, said Clett. The Coast Guard dispatched searching boats and a helicopter to locate the fishermen in the water.
That night, water temperature was about 56 degree, and air temperature was 49 degrees according to Clett.
The helicopter located the first man and relayed his position to Gloucester Motor Lifeboat crew, which located him, pulled him out of the water, and assessed his medical condition. They determined he needed immediate medical attention. He was hoisted into the helicopter and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
While Gloucester crews assisted the first man, the helicopter located the second man. He was rescued by the Rockport Harbormaster and taken to shore. EMS then transported him to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.
The condition, names, and age of the two men have not been disclosed.
The Coast Guard is investigating why the ship sank. The owner of the vessel is responsible for salvaging the ship, said Clett.