2015-03-19 / Front Page

Two Local Lobstermen Rescued

Olga Enger

Captain Paul Roussell of Tiverton and Eddy Kettner of Newport are happy to be onshore Monday after their boat almost sunk into the 35 degree water. Captain Paul Roussell of Tiverton and Eddy Kettner of Newport are happy to be onshore Monday after their boat almost sunk into the 35 degree water. It takes a lot to shake a lobsterman, but when the boat More Misery began sinking into the freezing water, Captain Paul Roussell of Tiverton and Eddy Kettner of Newport admitted they were scared.

“In under 10 minutes, our boat would have sunk, and we would had been in the water,” Roussell told Newport this Week, as he watched a pulley lift the boat out of the water Monday afternoon at Newport Shipyard. The lobstermen were over 10 miles offshore when the rudder broke, and the boat began to take on water. The
two men called for help and put the boat in gear, in order to slow the intake of water.

“We called the Coast Guard, and they arrived in about 30 minutes,” said Kettner. From the shoreline at Castle Hill, Newport this Week watched the Coast Guard slowly tow the broken boat towards the harbor, with the two lobstermen safely aboard the rescue boat.


“Was it only 30 minutes?” Rousell asked his crewmember. “It seems like so much longer when you are waiting to be rescued.” The captain said in his 28 years of fishing, he never experienced such a scare. “We lost a man overboard in 1984, but we got him. This was a close, close call. We had the survival gear out. We were ready to go into the water.”


The Coast Guard sent an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Cape Cod and two 45-foot response bo
ats from the Castle Hill and Point Judith stations. The Castle Hill crew arrived on scene, transferred the two fishermen aboard and towed More Misery back to Newport.


"This case highlights the importance of having the right safety equipment on board," said Petty Officer Third Class Timothy Chan. In this case, the lobstermen were prepared with a raft, immersion suits, flares and an emergency position indicating radio beacon.


When asked what the lobstermen were going to once they repair the boat, neither hesitated with an answer.

"We will go back on the water," both men agreed.


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