USCG Response Boat Small (RB-S). Photo by SN Ross Comstock, USCG (PD)


A fishing boat, the Carolina Queen III, ran aground off Rockaway Beach early this morning. The U.S. Coast Guard Response Boat Small that was sent to assist the listing vessel overturned, tossing 5 Coast Guard rescue crew into the choppy water.

USCG Defender Class/Response Boat – Small. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Kelly Newlin (Released by the United States Navy with the ID 040901-C-4938N-085)


USCG NEWS: At approximately 2 A.M., Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound Command Center received an urgent distress call from the 76-foot scallop fishing vessel Carolina Queen III, that had been taking on water. Seven mariners were aboard.

Coast Guard Station Jones Beach launched a 25-foot Response Boat Small to assist. The inlet water produced 10- to 12-foot waves and the vessel capsized. The five crewmembers aboard swam safely to shore. Coast Guard crewmembers were treated by a local Emergency Medical Service. No injuries or medical concerns were reported at this time. Read more from USCG NEWS here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee