Coast Guard rescues two lobstermen off Vineyard

A Coast Guard helicopter rescued two lobstermen off Wasque Point on Martha’s Vineyard after their vessel began taking on water, the Coast Guard said.

The 44-foot lobster boat, named the Bill B II, was taking on water at about 5 a.m. Thursday. The lobstermen began pumping water out, but the pumps became inundated, and couldn’t keep up with the water coming in, said Coast Guard spokesman Ross Ruddell.

The captain then decided to ground the vessel to avoid sinking, he added.

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An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter based at Air Station Cape Cod and a 47-foot rescue boat from the Menemsha Coast Guard station were deployed shortly after 5 a.m.

“The helicopter hoisted the fishermen from the grounded vessel,” Ruddell said. “The lifeboat was there to coordinate and to provide extra safety.”

By 6 a.m., the two fishermen were rescued. No injuries were reported.

No pollution has been reported from the incident, Ruddell said.