NARRAGANSETT–A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully rescued four mariners on Wednesday from the sinking fishing vessel Johanna Lenore, 40 nautical miles south of Montauk, N.Y.
Crewmembers Benjamin Payne, Travis Tillet, and Jonathan pickett as well as Captain Jeffrey Wise were transported off the Lenore, a 75 foot commercial sterm trawler out of Point Judith, before it sank.
Captain Wise told Narragansett police that his vessel started to take on water Wednesday morning and he contacted the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watch standers contacted the fishing vessel captain after overhearing the radio distress call at approximately 3 p.m. The vessel reported it was taking on large amounts of water and pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. All four crewmembers donned survival suits and had an inflatable life raft and an electronic position indicating radio beacon.
Good Samaritan vessels tried to aid the mariners with de-watering pumps.
Coast Guard rescue crews arrived on scene and hoisted the mariners to the helicopter at approximately 4 p.m. Shortly after hoisting the mariners, the fishing vessel capsized and sank.
The rescue crews took the mariners to Coast Guard Station Point Judith, where emergency medical services were waiting to aid the mariners. The mariners were reported to be in stable condition.
Weather on scene was reported to have 20-30 knot winds with 10-15-foot seas.
The Johanna Lenore is the second fishing vessel to take on water and sink in 2011. On Jan. 3, Coast Guard crews rescued two local fishermen after the Damariscotta, sank less than 50 yards from the docks at Point Judith. The 45-foot vessel went down after being escorted seven miles into Point Judith.