Coast Guard rescues 2 missing men from Naushon Island

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two missing men on Naushon Island near Gosnold, Mass., Monday at approximately 1 p.m.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England command center received an overdue notification from the owner’s girlfriend at approximately 2:30 a.m. Monday. The owner reported to his girlfriend on a cell phone that he and a passenger were disoriented.

The Coast Guard launched:

  • A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
  • A 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard  Station Menemsha 47-foot Motor Life Boat
  • A 47-foot Motor Life Boat\ from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal
  • Both a 41-foot Utility Boat and a 25-foot Defender Class Boat from Coast Guard Station Woods Hole

The men beached their 16-foot fishing boat on the island and awaited help.

The Station Woods Hole rescue crew located the missing men on Naushon Island with no reported injuries.

The two men were hoisted and transported to Air Station Cape Cod by the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

“We want to stress the importance of carrying the right equipment, filing a float plan and telling loved ones where you will be,” said Lt. Ruairi White, the command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England Command Center. “They are fortunate to have a successful outcome without a marine radio; they are a tool that maximize our search efforts.”

To insure family, friends and emergency personnel know how to find you in the event of an emergency, fill out a float plan at

The story originally stated that the men were not wearing life jackets, which was incorrect.

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