Coast Guard assists three after boat hits break wall and sinks

BOSTON – The Coast Guard assisted three people after their boat dragged anchor and crashed into the Easter Point break wall in Gloucester, Mass., Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Coast Guard Station Gloucester launched a 25-foot response boat after the Easter Point Yacht Club dock master notified them that a sailing vessel was headed for the break wall.

The vessel that was transiting the area was seeking shelter from bad weather when their anchor would not hold. After deploying a second anchor they ended up hitting the break wall.

The station boat crew arrived on scene at 11:55 a.m. to observe three people climbing up the rocks.

The response boat crew made contact with the people on the rocks and ensured that they were ok. The three people were then brought to Station Gloucester by a good samaritan in a passing vehicle. Once at the station the crew provided them with warm clothes, lunch, and a phone to make travel and salvage plans.

“The weather this summer has been unpredictable,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Faivre, officer of the day at Station Gloucester. “Things can go from bad to worse very quickly, we are glad that these people are safe.”

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