Crew rescued from sinking research ship Seaprobe

By Accidents

Coast Guard aircrews saved twelve crewmembers from sinking 170-foot research ship 'Seaprobe' 141 miles south of Pensacola.
Crewmembers sent a distress call from the research ship and also sent their current location, explaining also that they were taking on water. People onboard had to leave the ship and to save themselves on three life rafts.
All crewmembers were saved by an air team of the Coast Guard and sent to ATC Mobile to receive medical service.

“When we arrived on scene we saw the hull sticking out of the water, and about a mile away, 12 crewmembers were on three life rafts tied together; our rescue swimmer assisted five into the hoist basket,” explained Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert McDonald, ATC Mobile flight mechanic. “They were covered in diesel fuel and extremely cold, but every one of them was wearing a life jacket.”
3 crewmembers had to be transported by EMS to the Providence Hospital in Mobile, the other 9 are stable.
It is not possible now what caused the incident, the case is under investigation.