Coast Guard rescues fisherman, searching for 3 others off Martha’s Vineyard


MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass. (WPRI) — The U.S. Coast Guard says crews have rescued one fisherman and are actively searching for three others in the water near Martha’s Vineyard.

Crews from Air Station Cape Cod were deployed after receiving a distress signal at 3:18 p.m. Sunday. They believe the fishing vessel Leonardo, out of New Bedford, capsized and sank about 24 nautical miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.

The Coast Guard says a 60-foot boat rescued the first fisherman at 4:48 p.m. He was suffering mild hypothermia, but was in good condition and was taken back to Air Station Cape Cod.

Right now, an 87-foot patrol vessel from Woods Hole is searching the water. Another 60-foot boat is expected to be joining the search.

We’ll continue to update this story both online and on the air.

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