Watch the Coast Guard pluck fishermen from the decks of the Carolina Queen III, a scallop trawler homeported in Seaford, Va., that found itself aground in Queens, NY on Feb. 25.

The boat was taking on water and had sent an initial distress call around 2 a.m. After getting that situation under control, she ran aground in gale force winds from a line of thunderstorms that moved up the Mid-Atlantic states. 

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the Atlantic City air station lifted the fishermen off the vessel by basket after a 25-foot Coast Guard response boat capsized en route to rescue the stranded fishermen. 

All seven fishermen and five Coast Guard crew members in the capsized boat escaped without serious injury.

Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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