Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater near Marshfield, Mass.

1st Coast Guard District NewsBOSTON – Coast Guard crews suspended their search at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, for a missing boater who was ejected from a moving vessel near Marshfield, Mass., Saturday night.

Search and rescue controllers at Coast Guard Sector Boston were contacted by the Marshfield harbormaster at 8:32 p.m., Saturday, with the report. The operator of the vessel was also ejected but was quickly rescued by a nearby kayaker. The missing boater was not wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard Station Scituate boat crews launched to search along with Marshfield Police Department and Marshfield Fire Department. After eight Coast Guard searches with surfaces assets and five aircraft searches, Coast Guard Sector Boston suspended all active searches pending further developments.


Local authorities will be responsible for investigating the incident. Current reports indicate alcohol was involved.

Coast Guard assets involved with the search were:

  • Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Scituate
  • Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Point Allerton
  • Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal
  • The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Tybee
  • The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew
  • A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HU-25 Falcon aircrew

Coast Guard crews searched 593 square miles in addition to searches conducted by partner agencies.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to family and friends during what must be a very difficult time,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, First Coast Guard District Public Affairs Officer.

During busy summer months, the Coast Guard encourages everyone to boat safely, carefully, and sober.


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