Coast Guard, local agencies, good Samaritans rescue 12 people in Cape Cod Canal, 1 injured

The Coast Guard, Buzzard's Bay Task Force, other local government agencies, and good Samaritans rescued 12 people in Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. A good Samaritan rescued 9 out of the 12 people in the water. (Photo by Lt. John Doherty, Barnestable Sheriffs Office)

The Coast Guard, Buzzard’s Bay Task Force, other local government agencies, and good Samaritans rescued 12 people in Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Photo by Lt. John Doherty, Barnestable Sheriffs Office)

BOSTON — The Coast Guard, Buzzard’s Bay Task Force, other government agencies, and good Samaritans have rescued 12 people from the water after a sail boat overturned near Hog Island Channel.

A good Samaritan called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, at about 4:40 p.m., reporting that an 18-foot sail boat overturned and 12 people were in the water.

The good Samaritan also reported the boat appeared to be overloaded with passengers and it was struggling against the waves.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal launched.

When the 45-foot boat crew arrived on scene, a good Samaritan aboard the Disco Volante had recovered nine of the 12 people from the water.

The Coast Guard and local government agency crews recovered the other three people from the water.

One child is injured and has been taken to Tobey Hospital.

It was reported the child was wearing a life jacket.

The 45-foot boat crew is escorting the Disco Volante to Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

“It is recommended that mariners verify the max amount of horsepower and capacity a vessel can handle before going underway,” said Scott Bacholm, command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England.

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