EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Six people were rescued by members of the U.S. Coast Guard after their boat began taking on water off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard this past weekend.
The 32-foot pleasure craft Fast Line sent out a distress call just before 9 a.m. Sunday to report that the vessel’s pumps couldn’t manage the water onboard. Coast Guard officials say the leak was started by a crack in the boat’s hull.
A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Menemsha and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter were dispatched to assist the Fast Line.
Four of the boat’s six passengers were taken onto the rescue boat. The two left behind continued to pump out water along with Coast Guard members until the Fast Line was able to be towed back to its home port.
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