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Two Fishermen Rescued From Sinking Fishing Vessel Near Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island

The crew of the LUCY M, a 51-foot wooden fishing boat, radioed the Coast Guard they were taking on water and needed help. Two motor life boat crews were dispatched to assist the vessel. Initially, the crew tried to beach the vessel on a shoal, but the task proved too dangerous and the two crewmen were safely removed from the vessel. The vessel subsequently sank in 23 feet of water in the middle of the Point Judith Harbor Refuge about 1,700 yards off the coast of Sandy Hill Cove. Eight feet of the LUCY M remains visible above water, and a reported oil sheen has been observed around the vessel. Initial word was that there were no reports of injuries. Pollution investigators and the Coast Guard are looking into the cause of the accident and need for any remedial measures.