Coast Guard crews rescue 51 year-old-man who fell overboard

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued a 51 year-old-man who went overboard about three miles west of Pt. Judith R.I., Wednesday.

Wathcstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a relayed 911 call at about 7:30 p.m., Tuesday from a woman stating that a 23-foot pleasure craft ran aground at Green Hill Beach, R.I., with no one on board.

A Coast Guard Station Point Judith 47-foot Motor Life Boat, a Coast Guard Station Block Island 25-foot Response Boat-Small and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter were immediately launched. The Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island was diverted to assist in the search.

The man was found by the rescue crew from Station Point Judith at 3:37 a.m., Wednesday approximately where he went overboard. The Coast Guard crew transported him to EMS for further transfer to a local hospital for treatment. The man was able to confirm that he was the only person on board.

“Many Coast Guard assets came together with a team effort to save this man,” said Scott Backholm, the command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England. “We all worked as one to quickly and safely rescue him.”

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