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3 Rescued After Fishing Boat Capsizes In New Haven Harbor

Three people were rescued after their fishing vessel capsized late Thursday off New Haven.
Three people were rescued after their fishing vessel capsized late Thursday off New Haven. Photo Credit: Coast Guard

The Coast Guard rescued three people from New Haven Harbor after their 22-foot fishing vessel capsized late Thursday night.

Just before midnight, West Haven emergency dispatch received a 911-call from a person aboard the vessel, who said three people swam to the middle break wall after several waves capsized their boat in the harbor, the Coast Guard said.

The dispatchers notified watchstanders at Sector Long Island Sound, which sent a rescue boatcrew from Station New Haven.

A 45-foot response boat-medium arrived on scene at 12:15 a.m., and all three people were able to climb aboard, the Coast Guard said. All were taken to awaiting EMS at Station New Haven.

Two of the three of people were wearing life jackets. They reported no injuries and declined EMS care.

A commercial salvage company is scheduled to remove the overturned vessel Friday.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear a life jacket. The No. 1 cause of boating fatalities is drowning, most often by sudden, unexpected entry into the water. Wearing a life jacket increases the chances of surviving a boating accident.

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