Coast Guard responds to three person-in-the-water cases in Southeastern New England

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — Coast Guard crews responded to three person-in-the-water cases within approximately one hour in Southeastern New England Friday evening.

At 5:32 p.m. crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Tybee witnessed a woman overturn her 10-foot sailboat in Little Harbor in Woods Hole, Mass. A Coast Guard Station Woods Hole 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched and safely rescued the woman. She suffered no injuries.

At 6:20 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a report via VHF channel 16 from the 45-foot fishing vessel Lorio of a 36-year-old male crew member that fell overboard approximately two miles southeast of Wood End near Provincetown, Mass. A Coast Guard Station Provincetown 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew launched, safely rescued the crewman and transferred him back to the Lorio. He had no medical concerns.

At approximately 6:45 p.m. watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received notification from 911 dispatch of a possible person in the water near Chilmark, Mass. A Coast Guard Station Menemsha 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew launched along with a Massachusetts Environmental Police crew and a local police marine unit. The Massachusetts Environmental Police arrived on scene, located and rescued two distressed snorkelers and transferred them to awaiting EMS in Menemsha Harbor.

“These cases are great examples of the Coast Guard’s ability to respond quickly and work with partner agencies to achieve positive results,” said Lt. Bryan Swintek, Sector Southeastern New England command center chief. “As the Coast Guard celebrates its 223rd birthday this Sunday, we continue to work diligently to uphold our longstanding lifesaving tradtition.”

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