Half a dozen people were rescued Sunday evening, September 22 after their boat took on water in Buzzards Bay.
The boat, a 24-foot bow rider, took on a significant amount of water off Mashnee Island Sunday evening according to Bourne Deputy Fire Chief Joseph J. Carrara Jr.
Dep. Chief Carrara said that the Bourne Fire Department responded at 6:40 PM, launching the department’s boat from Monument Beach.
“The initial report was of six people in the water,” he said.
Numerous area emergency crews responded to the scene, including the Bourne Department of Natural Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers Canal Patrol, Wareham Department of Natural Resources and Wareham Fire and Rescue, and Onset Fire and Rescue.
“Onset Fire arrived first and pulled two people from the water,” Dep. Chief Carrara said.
He described conditions on the water as unfavorable, with high winds and high waves. He said that a big wave flooded the open bow of the boat, and caused one person to wash overboard. Another person on board the vessel jumped into the water to help the other person until emergency services arrived, the deputy chief said.
Rescuers pulled the two people from the water. Four others were removed from the boat. All six were taken to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where emergency medical technicians evaluated them for possible hypothermia. None of the victims were transported to the hospital.
The boat was salvaged and towed to a local marina. Dep. Chief Carrara stressed that the boat only filled with water.
“It never capsized, never overturned, never sank,” he said.