Coast Guard vessel flips on way to fishing boat that ran aground off Queens; All safe

A 25-foot Coast Guard vessel capsized early Thursday while assisting a 76-foot fishing boat that ran aground off Rockaway Beach in Queens, resulting in dramatic rescue efforts but no serious injuries.


Five Coast Guard crew members, wearing protective gear, swam ashore at the Rockway Peninsula after their boat capsized in 10 to 12 foot waves following an overnight storm, according to spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi. All seven crew members of the fishing boat were rescued after a helicopter out of Atlantic City lowered ropes to pluck them off the trawler, which rocked violently in crashing waves near the shore.

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