Disabled Canadian ship's crewmen jump to Coast Guard boats

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Posted: Mar 31, 2015 10:46 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Nine crewmembers of a disabled Canadian charter schooner that looks like a pirate ship have jumped safely into Coast Guard lifeboats in rough seas off the New England coast.

The Liana's Ransom, which lost power early Monday, was still adrift and unmanned about 30 miles east of Portland, Maine, on Tuesday, Coast Guard Petty Officer Ross Ruddell said. There was no immediate plan to tow it, he said.

The Liana's Ransom reported trouble at about 12:35 a.m. Monday. Two Gloucester, Massachusetts-based Coast Guard motor lifeboats that reached the schooner later in the day were unable to tow it because of rough seas and winds gusting to 30 knots.

The schooner's crewmembers had to jump from it to the lifeboats. Video released by the Coast Guard (http://bit.ly/1FfBizx ) on Tuesday shows one man, who wasn't wearing protective cold-water gear, successfully making the leap as the vessels pitch further apart.

Ruddell said one crewmember hit his head during maneuvers and was flown to a Boston hospital by a Coast Guard helicopter. The crewmember was treated and released. The eight others returned on the boats.

The Halifax-based schooner's Facebook page says it had left Friday for St. Maarten. It says the 85-foot, steel-hulled vessel, a pirate ship replica, was launched in Texas in 2002 and was taken to Nova Scotia by the current owners in 2006.

It says the schooner is rigged like the type of vessels often used by pirates in the 1700s and early 1800s.