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Lobster fishermen rescued after firing flares

Lobster rescue boat

French-speaking lobster fishermen have been rescued by United States Coast Guards after firing flares.

Two fishermen got into trouble off Nash Island, Maine one afternoon in September after their 21-foot white lobster boat hit a rock. They then swam to the island.

As they were late returning from the trip, a concerned neighbour called watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Jonesport. It was reported that the men only spoke French.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod were launched.

At Eastern Harbor, they saw a red flare and found the partially submerged white lobster boat and two men on Nash Island waving their arms and whistling. One of the fishermen held another flare.  

Unable to get to the fishermen due to the rocky shallow water, the boat crew kept watch over the fishermen until the aircrew arrived. The aircrew landed on the island, and the fishermen were bought into the aircraft cabin.

The fishermen were brought back to Station Jonesport to await their wives and Emergency Medical Services for evaluation.

The main picture shows the 47-foot Motor Life Boat at Coast Guard Station Jonesport, Maine. The Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephanie Horvat.

Oct 13, 2017