Coast Guard rescues 77-year-old man from water

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued a 77-year-old man after he went overboard from his sailing vessel approximately four miles south of Centerville Beach, Mass., Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Southeastern New England, in Woods Hole, Mass., received a 911-transferred call at approximately 2:30 p.m. from a 19-year-old man aboard the 30-foot sailing vessel Morning Light reporting that his grandfather had gone overboard.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Wood’s Hole 41-foot Utility Boat crew launched immediately. The Jayhawk crew located the man and deployed a rescue swimmer who safely recovered him from the water at 3:16 p.m. The man was wearing his lifejacket.

He was taken to Air Station Cape Cod where he was treated by local EMS.

Weather onscene is 5 to 8-foot seas with 25 to 30-knot winds.

“This case exemplifies the importance of wearing a lifejacket,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jessica Castillo, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Every time boaters go out on the water, they should always have their lifejackets on.”

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to take a safe-boating course and to have the proper safety equipment aboard at all times while underway.

The 1st Coast Guard District has conducted more than 2,700 search and rescue case since January 2011.

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