Coast Guard ends dangerous dip in Boston Harbor

BOSTON – The Coast Guard responded today to an unusual report of a man swimming near passenger ferries at Rowes Wharf, here.

A local citizen notified Coat Guard Sector Boston that the man had jumped into the water from the wharf at about 9:15 a.m., and was swimming north across the ferry channel, toward the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.

Two 25-foot response boats conducting routine harbor patrols were directed to the scene. When they arrived, they questioned the man, who said he was swimming. Concerned for his safety, they asked him to get aboard and out of the high-traffic area.

He was taken to the dock at the courthouse, and although not injured, was transferred to local EMS who had arrived on scene.

“It’s not an ideal place for a morning swim,” said Petty Officer First Class Jason Thorne, a watchstander at Sector Boston. “Considering the high amount of large vessel traffic in the area, and the close proximity to the federal courthouse, it was important for us to get him out and back to the dock.”

Thorne said with the approaching holiday weekend, it’s especially important for everyone on and near the water to exercise both safety and vigilance.

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