Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen 72 miles off Montauk coast

MONTAUK, Long Island (WABC) -- The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen off the coast of Long Island Sunday night.

They made the rescue roughly 72 nautical miles southeast of Montauk, after an emergency radio call at approximately 9:30 p.m. from the 44-foot commercial fishing vessel Nite Nurse crew reporting that the ship was taking on water and sinking.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and dispatched a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, a HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew, and Coast Guard Cutter Kingfisher to the scene.

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The Nite Nurse crew was advised to don life jackets and ensure they had an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) with them prior to abandoning ship into their life raft.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and located the life raft.

All three fishermen were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported to Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, where emergency medical services personnel were waiting.

"This case was a success because these mariners did everything professional mariners should do to be found," said Lt. Banning Lobmeyer, the HC-144 Ocean Sentry pilot who flew on this case. "They reported the problem early which led to a quicker response time from our crews. They stayed with their boat as long as possible before getting into their life raft, took and used flares and an EPIRB, and they were dressed appropriately in survival suits."

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