Coast Guard Rescues Son After Boat Capsizes, Father Dead

BOSTON – An 82-year-old man died and his son was rescued by the Coast Guard about 3:15 this afternoon after their boat capsized near the Hog Island #2 buoy in Buzzard’s Bay, Mass.

The father was recovered from the water unconscious and not breathing nearly one hour after his son was saved from their 20-foot capsized recreational boat.

The Coast Guard response boat was returning from a routine patrol when the crew spotted the son on top of his vessel and took him aboard. His father, who had been on the boat with him, was missing.

The response boat immediately began searching the area for the man’s father. Additionally, the Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish was diverted from its nearby patrol to assist with the search, and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod was launched.

The aircrew located the father about 4:15 p.m., and the response boat crew took him aboard. Father and son were transported to Onset State Pier where an ambulance was awaiting for further transport to Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Mass.

The father was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital.

The water temperature in Buzzard’s Bay was 50-degrees Fahrenheit with four to six foot seas.

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