A US Coast Guard vessel flipped early on Thursday while assisting a fishing boat that ran aground off New York City, resulting in dramatic rescue efforts but no serious injuries, authorities said.
Five Coast Guard crew members swam to shore after their boat capsized in high waves following an overnight storm, according to spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi. Seven fishermen were lifted to safety in a helicopter basket and taken to a hospital for observation.
The events unfolded after the Coast Guard got a distress call at 2am from the Carolina Queen III. The fishing boat initially was taking on water. Its crew got that under control but then ran aground.
Both vessels eventually drifted to shore and were secured.