Personal Watercraft Collides with Boat

 BOSTON – Two Coast Guard helicopters and a rescue boat responded after a personal watercraft and a 12-foot recreational boat collided, resulting in six people entering the water in Vineyard Haven Harbor, Mass., at 2:20 p.m., today.

After receiving notification from local police, Coast Guard Station Menemsha relayed the accident to Sector Southeastern New England, which immediately deployed a 41-foot utility boat from Station Woods Hole, Mass.

Two HH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Cape Cod that were in the area for routine flights were also diverted to assist.

In the 12-foot recreational boat were a man and a woman, and their two children, ages seven and nine. A 12-year-old boy was operating the personal watercraft with a 6-year-old boy as his passenger. The two adults and all four children went into the water.

A Good Samaritan who witnessed the accident swam into the harbor and recovered the woman, who had been knocked unconscious.

A second Good Samaritan recovered the seven and nine-year old, and an Oak Bluffs Police boat picked up the man. The 12 and 6-year-old boys got back onto the personal watercraft and went to the pier, where they were met by one of their fathers and the Oak Bluffs Police.

The family of four was transported by EMS to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Their conditions are unknown.

Witnesses pulled the pleasure boat to shore.

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