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2 people pulled from water unresponsive during search for missing fishing boat off Maine coast

A man and woman were rescued from a rip current. (MGN)
A man and woman were rescued from a rip current. (MGN)(WJHG)
Published: Jan. 23, 2020 at 7:27 PM EST
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A good Samaritan fishing vessel pulled two people who were unresponsive from the water as part of the search for a boat off the Maine coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard officials said the two people were unresponsive in the water and unresponsive when pulled onto the boat, but would not confirm anything else about their condition. The names of the two people have not been released.

Coast Guard officials said they received an EPIRB, an emergency radio beacon, from the fishing vessel Haley Ann, a fishing boat based out of Kennebunkport, at 12:23 p.m. Thursday. The emergency call typically happens when the beacon is hit or submerged in water.

The EPIRB indicated the boat was about 45 nautical miles southeast of Portland. Two people were believed to be onboard the Haley Ann, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard said two helicopters and a plane arrived at about 1:30 p.m. and began searching for the vessel.

They found an empty life raft around 1:50 p.m. and saw two people in the water. The Coast Guard would not say if the two people were wearing survival suits or flotation devices.

Good Samaritans aboard another fishing vessel, the Ella Christine, pulled the two people from the water.

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