3 lives saved by life jackets amid tragic boating weekend

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON – Following five boating accidents this weekend the Coast Guard stresses the importance of always wearing a life jacket when out on the water.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. Saturday, two boaters were ejected from their boat after it flipped in the vicinity of Boston Light. A good Samaritan was able to assist the boat’s operator until a Coast Guard Station Point Allerton boat crew, along with partner agencies, arrived on-scene and delivered both passengers to Pemberton Pier where they were transferred to EMS. One of the boaters was pronounced dead and the other was reported to be in critical condition. Neither boater was wearing a life jacket.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Saturday, multiple Coast Guard and local agencies searched for two men who were ejected from a moving vessel near Beetle Rock in the vicinity of Marshfield, Mass. One man was located, but Coast Guard crews searched 593 square miles in addition to searches conducted by partner agencies, with no sign of the other boater. The search was suspended Sunday night. He was not wearing a life jacket.

On Friday, Coast Guard watchstanders received a report of an unmanned vessel going in circles one mile south of Osterville, Mass. The operator of the vessel was safely rescued from the water by Osterville Yacht Club members. The operator was wearing his lifejacket.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the sailing vessel Gemini 2 stating that a boater had fallen off of their vessel and they had safely rescued him from the water. The boater was wearing a life jacket.

On Sunday, Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the fishing vessel Lady J reporting an 18-foot bass boat was running along the shoreline with no one onboard. A good Samaritan safely rescued the boat’s operator, who was wearing a life jacket.

“One of the most important things a boater can do while on the water is to always wear their life jacket,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson, a First Coast Guard District public affairs specialist. “This weekend was a very sad reminder of how the lives of boaters and their loved ones can be affected.”

The Coast Guard also encourages all boaters to operate sober and take boating safety courses. For information about boating safety and classes visit www.uscgboating.org.

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