Coast Guard Rescues 3 Mass. Fishermen

The Coast Guard has rescued three crew members from a fishing vessel that caught fire and sank off Cape Cod.

There were no injuries reported after the 48-foot Joanne H went down about 17 miles east of Chatham early Tuesday.

The Coast Guard received an emergency call from the Harwich-based vessel at about 5:45 a.m., but lost contact before the boat's position was transmitted. Using a satellite monitoring system, a helicopter and cutter went to the boat's last known position and found the Joanne H fully engulfed.

The crew, in a life raft, fired a flare to alert the Coast Guard to their position.

The boat sank in about 300 feet of water and is not considered a navigational hazard.

This program aired on October 26, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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