Coast Guard rescues two from water near Monomoy Island

BOSTON – The Coast Guard rescued two people from the water near Monomoy Island, Mass., today after they were swept out to sea by strong currents.

Ted Kelly and his son-in-law Brent Farmer, both of Osterville, Mass., were boating near the Island when their 30-foot Hinckley ran out of fuel.

“They were trying to swim to another boat to get help when they got pulled out by the current,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Matt Hussey, the coxswain of the Coast Guard boat that responded.

A good Samaritan who saw the pair in the water notified Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. A 25-foot response boat from Station Chatham, Mass., was dispatched and a Jayhawk helicopter, based at Air Station Cape Cod, was diverted from a routine flight to assist.

The response boat crew pulled the two men, who were wearing life jackets, out of the water and took them back to their boat where they were met by Tow Boat U.S. Neither man was injured.

“We’re glad these two men took the time to put their life jackets on, but we’d like to remind mariners that the safest thing to do is stay with your boat while you wait for help,” Hussey said.

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