MARTHA’S VINEYARD — A crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod assisted a Providence-based fishing vessel as it was taking on water in tough weather conditions early Monday morning.

In a post to the official U.S. Coast Guard Northeast, an aircrew was launched at approx. 3:00 a.m. this morning to deliver a dewatering pump to the ship Capt. Bligh after it started taking on water 28 miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard.  The post includes a video of the air-crew lower the water pump from a helicopter.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel escorted the vessel inland until it was met by a commerical tug to escort the crew into New Bedford.

The Coast Guard reports that the weather at the time of response was 15-20 feet seas and 40-45 kt. winds.

The fishing vessel is homeported in Point Judith, Rhode Island.

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