U.S. Coast Guard crews respond to two persons in the water near Gloucester, Mass

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Gloucester recovered two persons in the water near Normans Woe Cove and Eastern Point, Mass. Tuesday.

Crews received a 911 call from a witness reporting a man who was knocked off the rocks and swept to sea at 4:36 p.m., near Normans Woe Cove.

A 25-foot rescue boat crew was on scene within minutes to find a man struggling in the water. Crews picked the man from the water and delivered him to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 4:49 p.m. at Station Gloucester.

Crews also received a call earlier at approximately 3:15 p.m. reporting a similar incident near Eastern Point. Rescue crews responded and picked a 67-year old man from the water. Rescue crews began to conduct life saving techniques until he was transferred to EMS due to the man being unresponsive.

“With the upcoming holiday weekend, we would like those with plans that involve time on or near the water to be aware of the potential dangers associated with it,” said Lt. Garrett Meyer, Chief of Incident Management Division Boston. “Accidents can occur quickly so please take note of your surroundings. Know the local forecast, utilize the buddy system and contact the Coast Guard or 911 immediately if you observe an incident.”

For more information on rip currents and Hurricane Earl click the following link: http://www.uscgnewengland.com/go/doc/778/889307/

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