Coast Guard pulls man out of the water near Piers Park Sailing Center

BOSTON – A Coast Guard Station Boston boatcrew picked up a 33- year old man near Piers Park Sailing Center at 10:15 a.m., Aug. 03, 2010.

The man fell overboard after the boom on his sailboat knocked him into the water.

The man was thrown a lifejacket by his wife who remained aboard the vessel but she was unable to get him back on board.

A Coast Guard Station Boston 25- foot boatcrew was on a routine patrol and came across the man in the water. After the boat crew recovered the man from the water, he was returned to the sailboat and the sailing center sent out a boat to tow the vessel back to the dock.

There were no injuries to the man or woman.

“It is fortunate that this individual was able to stay afloat until help arrived,” said Walt Taylor, First Coast Guard District recreational boating safety specialist. “It is important to actually wear a lifejacket when boating in case shock, loss of consciousness, or other injury prevents you from putting on a lifejacket. This was a close call considering that in 2009, the Coast Guard counted 4730 accidents that involved 736 deaths. Almost three-fourths of all fatal boating accident victims drowned, and of those, eighty-four (84) percent were not reported as wearing a life jacket.”

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