The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four fishermen off the Maine coast after their 71-foot boat started taking on water.


Word came from a broken transmission from a crew member at about midnight Tuesday. The boat was about 40 miles south of Southwest Harbor. A distress signal indicated the crew was in the water.

Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor launched a 47-foot boat crew and Air Station Cape Cod launched a Jayhawk helicopter crew.

The helicopter found the fishermen at about 2 a.m. Wednesday in a life raft, shooting off flares and using a signal light. All four were airlifted into the helicopter. They suffered from mild hypothermia and were taken to Bar Harbor airport for medical treatment.