Sunday, March 7, 2010
Possible Hoax: Caller Says Fisherman in Water Off Vinahaven
Vinalhaven — Coast Guard Sector Northern New England issued a request for assistance Saturday after receiving a call from a man claiming to be a fisherman whose boat was sinking off Vinalhaven. A spokesman for Sector Northern New England said Saturday afternoon that safety personnel were treating the situation as a real case, although there was suspicion that the call was a hoax.
According to Lt. Brian Hollis at Sector Northern New England in Portland, a call came in around mid-day from a man, saying that he was a fisherman whose vessel was sinking and upside down, and that he was holding onto the hull.
Sector Northern New England issued two calls for assistance, and had received two responses from mariners on the water, Hollis said. The Coast Guard dispatched both fixed-wing and rotor-wing aircraft, and personnel from Station Rockland were on the way to the site of the sinking by 1 p.m., he said.
Those attending the Maine Fishermen's Forum reported seeing the Coast Guard's helicopter take off from the Samoset Resort in Rockport.