POINT PLEASANT BEACH - Three crew members from a commercial fishing vessel have been rescued after their 78-foot boat sunk off the New Jersey coast.

The Asbury Park Press reports the Lady Gertrude's hull started filling with water around 2 a.m. Monday about 35 to 40 miles southeast of Sandy Hook. The commercial fishing vessel from Point Pleasant Beach was after scallops when it left the Manasquan Inlet on Sunday night.

The crew was rescued by the 85-foot commercial boat Mazey James. It was scallop fishing five miles from the Lady Gertrude when its captain heard the distress call over the radio.

The Coast Guard says what caused the vessel to sink is still under investigation.