Nantucket Coast Guard crew rescues man from aground, capsized boat

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON — U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point rescued a man at approximately 12 a.m. Friday after his vessel ran aground and began to take on water on the jetty at the entrance of Nantucket channel.

Watchstanders at Station Brant Point received a call via marine-band VHF channel 16 at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday, from the friend of a man reporting that his 40-foot boat was aground on the jetty and he was unable to move his boat.

A Station Brant Point 47-foot Motor Life Boat immediately launched to assist the stranded boater.

Upon arriving on scene, the MLB crew was unable to get close enough to the boat to rescue the man, and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched to assist.

At approximately 12 a.m. Friday, the man’s boat began to take on water and quickly capsized. The MLB crew was able to throw a line to the man and safely pull him aboard the Coast Guard boat.

The man was taken back to Station Brant Point, with no injuries reported.

“The coxswain and crew’s initiative and quick actions to throw him the line definitely saved his life,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Matt James, Officer in Charge of Station Nantucket. “I am extremely proud of the crew for their actions, from the communication center to the crew of the 47.”

There have been no reports of pollution.

Weather onscene was two-to three-foot seas and 15-to 20-knot winds.

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