Coast Guard Considers Policy Changes after Rescue Goes Wrong


GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- The Coast Guard is considering nationwide policy changes as a result of a boat rescue that went wrong in Massachusetts.

First Coast Guard District spokeswoman Karen Kutkiewicz tells The Boston Globe the changes could include new protocols to make sure sinking vessels receive reliable pumps and new methods to deliver lifesaving items from helicopters without endangering personnel.

The considerations were spurred by a recent case in Cape Ann. A fishing crew bound for Gloucester requested a tow from the Coast Guard during bad sea conditions Dec. 3.

The men say they abandoned the boat and swam to safety after it took on water and there were issues with the Coast Guard's equipment. One crew member died.

The Coast Guard is reviewing its policies as part of an internal investigation.

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