Twelve People Rescued from Capsized Boat Off Wareham
The U.S. Coast Guard, Buzzard's Bay Task Force, Onset and Wareham Fire Departments, other government agencies, and good Samaritans have rescued 12 people from the water after a sail boat overturned near Hog Island Channel off the coast of Wareham.
According to a Coast Guard, a good Samaritan called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, at about 4:40 p.m., reporting that an 18-foot sail boat overturned and 12 people were in the water. The person also reported the boat appeared to be overloaded with passengers and it was struggling against the waves.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape and a 45-foot boat crew from Station Cape Cod Canal launched.
When the 45-foot boat crew arrived on scene, a good Samaritan aboard the Disco Volante had recovered nine of the 12 people from the water. The Coast Guard and local government agency crews recovered the other three people from the water.
Wareham Week is reporting that one of the victims was a nine-year-old child, who received CPR after being rescued. The child, who was wearing a life jacket, was taken by ambulance to Tobey Hospital in Wareham.
The 45-foot boat crew is escorting the Disco Volante to Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The condition of the victims is unknown at this time.