Coast Guard rescues couple off Rocky Beach

29 Cape DissapointmentBOSTON — Coast Guard crews located a missing couple this morning who went failed to return from rafting on Monday in Cohasset.

At about 4 a.m. Tuesday, the MH-60 Jayhawk air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod spotted the couple about eight nautical miles northwest of Rocky Beach.  A Coast Guard Station Point Allerton 29-foot response boat crew arrived on scene and brought the couple aboard. The boat crew took the couple back to the station to awaiting Emergency Medical Services.

The boat crew reported the couple did not have any injuries.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received a report from the couple’s son that his parents, Kathleen, 52, and Joseph Earner, 55, went out in a green and yellow raft yesterday afternoon in the vicinity of Rocky Beach and haven’t returned. The couple hadn’t been heard from since about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The search of Massachusetts Bay lasted about three hours and included a 29-foot response boat from Station Point Allerton and a MH-60 Jayhawk air crew from Air Station Cape Cod. Other agencies who assisted in the search include the Cohasset Harbormaster and Cohasset police department.

“We are happy to bring this couple home alive and well, but urge mariners to remember to have the proper safety gear when on the water,” said Lt. Jennifer Hertzler from the Sector Boston command center. “Wearing life jackets and having a radio are just some basic examples of what mariners need to have on the water to be safe.”

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