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3 rescued from sinking fishing vessel off Fire Island, Coast Guard says

Three crew members were rescued from a Montauk-based fishing vessel that took on water early Wednesday off Fire Island, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

One of the crew members was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with undisclosed minor injuries, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The spokesman, P.O. 3rd Class John Hightower, identified the vessel as the 45-foot New Age and said its crew sent a distress call at 4:35 a.m., saying they were taking on water about 25 nautical miles south of Fire Island Inlet.

The Coast Guard responded with a 45-foot response boat from Station Fire Island and a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Sandy Hook, New Jersey, Hightower said.

It was not immediately clear what caused the New Age to take on water and Hightower said it was not clear if the vessel sank — or was still foundering.

The identities of the crew members were not released.

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