NEW BEDFORD — The U.S. Coast Guard, with the help of a well-coordinated local marine emergency team, rescued six crew members aboard a sinking scallop boat in Buzzards Bay Sunday morning.

The 72-foot scalloper Captain Jeff, home ported in New Bern, N.C., had been fishing at sea and was en route to the port of New Bedford to offload its catch. It was about 5 miles from New Bedford in an area near Great Ledge when it ran into trouble, according to the Coast Guard and local rescue officials.

A crew member contacted the Coast Guard in Woods hole via radio around 9:30 a.m., and reported that the boat was taking on water. The Coast Guard then dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and crew from its Menemsha station on Martha's Vineyard, along with a helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod

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