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Oct 27, 2014 4:50 PM

'Wicked Tuna' boat out of Rye Harbor makes daring rescue in rough seas off Gloucester


NEW CASTLE - Marinas around the Granite State might look calm, but breezy days like Monday have caused a lot of concern among New Hampshire fishermen.

"To actually pull up to a scene and see some guys trying to get into a life raft, which is your last resort, and the main way of saving your life ... and it not work ... pretty much blew my mind," said, reality TV star, Tyler McLaughlin.

Recapping the night of October 19th, McLaughlin said the water off the coast of Massachusetts was 56 degrees, and the air In the lower 30s. A boat was nearby, quickly taking on water.

"Of course I ran into what I thought was just initial pretty good size waves when I finally climbed up it and went down the other side it was frightening," said Wentworth Marina Crewmen, Ed Tomlinson.

Crews at Wentworth Marina in New Castle had been getting calls all day about the rough seas McLaughlin was able to rescue the boat captain and his first mate in his small tuna boat, "Pin Wheel" but the seas still stick with them.

"Denis calls me like four to five times a day, he's shaken he's having nightmares. He's having a tough time with it, I mean I'm having a tough time with it. I've been fishing my whole life, it's what I do. It kind of makes me question what I do for a living because you know what ... that's scary, that was scary for me I couldn't even imagine being put in their situation," said McLaughlin.

The marina where Pin Wheel is docked looking calm now, but on windy days, it's been a challenge in open water.

"It's already changed the way I fish. For this season, I have caught a lot of fish already and I'm looking at it like I'm good, hang out, you know the weather is getting rough, we're having a very windy fall. Maybe you know I'll stay to the dock a little bit," said McLaughlin.

With reports of rough seas, boaters beware.

"It's just as easily if things go right for them, to go tragically wrong, they are lucky to come out ok," said Tomlinson.

McLaughlin said he's definitely stayed closer to the shallows these past few days after the rescue but plans to make his way back to open water before "Wicked Tuna" starts filming it's next season.


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