US Coast Guard Searches Near Block Island for 2 Fishermen

Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Evans, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescue swimmer, prepares for a free fall deployment from a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter east of Miami Beach on June 6, 2017. (Coast Guard photo/Eric D. Woodall)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Evans, a Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescue swimmer, prepares for a free fall deployment from a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter east of Miami Beach on June 6, 2017. (Coast Guard photo/Eric D. Woodall)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching near Block Island for two missing fishermen.

The Coast Guard says it received a distress call after the fishing boat Mistress capsized Tuesday morning off Block Island, Rhode Island.

The boat started taking on water near the nation's first offshore wind farm.

A nearby fishing boat, Captain Bligh, got to the scene first and rescued one fisherman. The crew reported that two fishermen were still missing.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew began searching, but had to turn back due to low visibility and unsafe weather. A Coast Guard boat also had to turn back.

The Coast Guard has since sent the Cutter Sanibel and a lifeboat to the scene. The Captain Bligh remained there to help.

The Mistress docks in Point Judith, Rhode Island.

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