Man Adrift on Disabled Jet Ski Rescued From Buzzards Bay
A man adrift on Buzzards Bay after nightfall on a disabled jet ski was rescued Monday evening by Mattapoisett Fire Rescue.
Firefighters launched Marine 1 from Mattapoisett Harbor around 8:21 p.m. after residents in the Antassawamock neighborhood reported they could hear a person yelling for help. Local officials said the man had run out of fuel and was adrift for about two hours. He was found unharmed and transported to Mattapoisett Harbor.
Last night ML Baron of the West Island Weather Station KA1WBH reported that the jet ski operator, a Fairhaven man, had left Woods Hole with a destination of West Island. He was reported missing by friends around 7:50 p.m., an hour after his expected arrival. The operator briefly had a working cell phone and indicated he was out of fuel and adrift. The last ping from the phone showed him about 3.5 miles off the coast of Marion. A staging area for the search operation was set up at Hoppy's Landing in Fairhaven, and crews from multiple communities and the US Coast Guard continued their search as the skies grew dark.
Mattapoisett firefighters were reportedly first to make contact with the man.
It was the second water rescue in two days for Mattapoisett Fire Rescue. Sunday firefighters rescued a person from a capsized vessel off Mattapoisett Neck.