Written by Jen Finn
Montauk, N.Y. — The Coast Guard said they rescued three fishermen today who were clinging to the bow of a sinking fishing boat from Groton.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven received a distress call from a crew member aboard the Robert James, a 41-foot commercial fishing boat, stating the boat was taking on water and sinking fast off Gardiners Island, N.Y., according to a statement from Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco.
The three fishermen were immediately advised to put on their lifejackets. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine broadcast and dispatched a 47-foot motor life boat Coast Guard Station Montauk.
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