Latest of Thousands of New England CG Rescues Stresses Importance of Life Jackets

We were shocked to read how many search and rescue missions the Coast Guard has made this year alone in the northeast. Luckily this one has a happy ending thanks to the wearing of a life jacket.

The Coast Guard rescued a 77-year-old man after he went overboard from his sailing vessel approximately four miles south of Centerville Beach, MA on Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Southeastern New England in Woods Hole received a 911-transferred call at approximately 2:30 p.m. from a 19-year-old man aboard the 30-foot sailing vessel Morning Light reporting that his grandfather had gone overboard.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Wood’s Hole 41-foot Utility Boat crew launched immediately. The Jayhawk crew located the man and deployed a rescue swimmer who safely recovered him from the water at 3:16 p.m. The man was wearing his lifejacket.

He was taken to Air Station Cape Cod where he was treated by local EMS.

Weather onscene was 5- to 8-foot seas with 25- to 30-knot winds.

“This case exemplifies the importance of wearing a life jacket,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jessica Castillo, a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Every time boaters go out on the water, they should always have their life jackets on.”

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to take a safe-boating course and to have the proper safety equipment aboard at all times while underway.

The 1st Coast Guard District has conducted more than 2,700 search and rescue cases since January 2011.

Courtesy of www.coastguardnews.com.

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