The Coast Guard rescued two boaters 30 miles off the coast of Maine after their 22-foot powerboat had an engine failure and they drifted around overnight.
The rescue started when one of the boater’s wives called the Coast Guard in South Portland, Maine, at 10:30 on Saturday night and said they were overdue. They had gone fishing on Cashes Ledge, a hotspot about 80 miles off the coast of Maine and New Hampshire, where the water’s only 40 feet deep.
The Coast Guard launched a rescue effort, but it wasn’t until daylight, at 6:20 the next morning, that the crew on a plane from the Coast Guard air station on Cape Cod saw the two fishermen. The men had set off a flare and were waving a flag and were just 30 miles offshore at the time.
The 110-foot Coast Guard cutter Ocracoke arrived at 7:09 and launched its small boat RIB and a rescue crew. They got the two men, who were wearing life jackets, back to the cutter. The cutter took them to shore safely in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
The two fishermen, who were in good condition, said they lost all power when their engine died and they could not use their VHF radio. And they were not in cell range. Read more: