Capsizing of workboat prompts Coast Guard warning on winter gear

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(BOSTON) — Two crewmembers were rescued by a nearby Good Samaritan this morning after their work boat overturned off Gloucester.
The crew of the Providenza, a 38-foot work boat from Gloucester, was picked up in the water by the 20-foot fishing vessel, Blue Dagger, also from Gloucester, a half mile from the port’s break wall.

The Coast Guard was notified at 9:45 a.m. by the Blue Dagger that a boat had capsized and it had rescued the two-man crew and was on its way to Station Gloucester. A Coast Guard rescue boat crew was dispatched and local Emergency Medical Services were notified.

The Blue Dagger arrived at Station Gloucester at 9:57 a.m. where the two men were then transported by awaiting EMS to a local hospital.

One of the two crewmembers was wearing a survival suit.

A Coast Guard 47-foot rescue boat is on scene monitoring the capsized vessel and a broadcast notice to mariners was issued alerting the boating public to the navigation hazard.

It is expected the Providenza will be salvaged today by the owner.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

The Coast Guard advises mariners to be especially vigilant this winter while out on the water. With the extreme cold air and water temperatures there is a high risk of hypothermia, especially if suddenly immersed in the water without the proper safety equipment.

In addition to always wearing a lifejacket and carrying required safety equipment while onboard a vessel, the Coast Guard recommends anyone venturing out onto the waters to wear a survival suit.

By Professional Mariner Staff