New details have emerged regarding the boat that sank on Day 1 of the 2021 White Marlin Open.
On Monday, while fishing in the annual Ocean City tournament, the boat Knot Stressin took on water during the afternoon session about 60 miles offshore. Reports said engine failure and rough waves caused the eventual sinking.
No injuries were reported, but the 34-foot pleasure craft was determined to be unrecoverable, according to a release from the United States Coast Guard.
The crew aboard the boat Fishbone heard the distress call from the Coast Guard over the VHF channel and made the 1.5-mile trek to assist the members of Knot Stressin.
A video shows the Fishbone and its crew arriving on scene and assisting the members of Knot Stressin, who had abandoned the vessel for a lifeboat. The entire crew had proper life jackets and personal locator beacons, which allowed the Coast Guard to know their exact location.
“There are so many factors that made this case a success,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Pulliam, Sector Virginia Command Center Chief, in a release.
“We have a command center staffed by true professionals, who were able to quickly coordinate the rescue of these individuals, and there are amazing people out on the water who do not hesitate when they hear lives are in danger. These mariners were also well-prepared in terms of having the right safety equipment on board and knowing how to use it.”
The crews of Fishbone and Knot Stressin were each awarded an extra fishing day in the annual tournament, pending the Knot Stressin crew can get a new boat. The White Marlin Open is a five-day event in which anglers are allowed three days to fish.