Three people have been rescued from a tugboat sinking in Boston Harbor.

The 55-foot Emily Anne started taking on water just before 7 a.m. on Tuesday, about two miles from the coast of Winthrop near Deer Island. 

The captain aboard Emily Anne contacted the Coast Guard to report a hull breech. A Coast Guard boat and helicopter crew launched to help. 

All the men had was a life raft and floatation devices, with no time to put on their survival suits.

The men were only in the water for a couple of minutes when another boat, the Chelsea came to their rescue.

The Coast Guard escorted the Chelsea back to Boston Harbor, where EMTs evaluated the men. 

Boston EMS said the men refused further medical treatment and they’re all expected to be okay.

Pollution investigators from the Coast Guard are monitoring the location where Emily Anne sank. 

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