Coast Guard air crews from Cape Cod pull three Canadian fishermen from the water early Monday.
The trio were aboard the Scotia Provider, a fishing vessel home-ported in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Authorities report the 54-foot vessel sent its last location via satellite phone before the crew abandoned ship more than 150 miles offshore.
"As soon as we saw the beacon go off I knew they were in trouble," said Petty Officer 1st Class Paul Brancaleone, one of the operations unit coordinators at the 1st Coast Guard District. "We launched multiple assets and we got the fishermen to safety, just like we are trained to do."
Two aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod, multiple fishing vessels, and the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba were diverted toward the liferaft's EPRIB signal to assist. Once hoisted into the helicopter, the men were flown back to Cape Cod. No injuries were reported.
Every year the First Coast Guard District saves 350 lives in the Northeast.