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US Coast Guard Searches for 2 Missing Fishermen Near Block Island

One fisherman was rescued after the fishing boat Mistress capsized off Block Island but two remain missing

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    Coast Guard Searching for 2 Missing Fishermen

    The Coast Guard says it received a distress call after the fishing boat Mistress capsized Tuesday morning off Block Island, Rhode Island. A nearby fishing boat rescued one fisherman, but the crew reported that two fishermen were still missing.

    (Published Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019)

    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.

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    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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