Coast Guard and local first responders assist grounded vessel near Harwich, Mass

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard News
BOSTON — Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Chatham, pollution responders from Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, and local fire and police assisted a 37-foot fishing vessel that ran aground in Wychmere Harbor, near Harwich, Mass., 11:45 p.m. Friday.

Watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a call from another fishing vessel stating that a boat named “fair warning” had run aground on the jetty.

Three persons were onboard and the captain sustained a head injury.

Station Chatam immediately launched a rescue crew on a 47-foot motor lifeboat. Local fire and police were dispatched along with the Massachusetts Environmental Police. A unit, specializing in pollution response, was sent.

The members of the vessel were taken off the boat and transferred back to the harbor to awaiting EMS. The captain of the vessel was treated at the local hospital and released.

Contractors, along with pollution responders from the Coast Guard, removed all of the fuel from the vessel by 11:35 a.m. Saturday. By 11:51 a.m. the vessel had been removed by Sea-tow and US-tow and taken to the harbor boat ramp for further salvage.

No pollution has been reported.

“Due to the quick response of our rescue crews and the help we received from local agencies, we were able to assess and resolve this situation,” said Lt. Bryan Swintek, the command center chief at Sector Southeastern New England. “We would like to thank all involved for their help.”

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