Nantucket boat rescue, Sandwich, Falmouth fires

MONDAY APRIL 17th, 2006 BREAKING NEWS:
TWO RESCUED AS VESSEL HITS ROCKS; STARTS SINKING
nantucketharbor2NANTUCKET –Coast Guard crews from Air Station Cape Cod and Station Brant Point rescued two sailors early this morning after the Chapter 11, a 37-foot sailboat homeported in Nantucket, Mass., hit the rocks on the East jetty in the opening of Nantucket Harbor.

The two sailors, Mike Doherty, 30, and Steve Smith, 39, both from Nantucket, called Station Brant Point around 3:45 a.m. via cell phone and reported their vessel struck the jetty, lost power and started taking on water. Both men were wearing life jackets.

A crew aboard a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Brant Point launched soon after receiving the call from the Chapter 11. The Station Brant Point crew arrived on scene and were not able to reach the shallow area the sailors were trapped in.

Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England immediately deployed an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod after receiving word from Station Brant Point that they were not able to rescue the sailors. After arriving on scene, a rescue swimmer was deployed into the water near the vessel. Both men were taken off the Chapter 11 and transferred to the 47-foot MLB from Station Brant Point.

Both men are reported to be in good condition and was not in need any immediate medical attention.  The on scene weather is described as calm seas, clear visibility and 5-10 knot winds.

No vessel pollution reported, and the owners are working with commercial salvage to remove the vessel from the jetty.

SUNDAY APRIL 16th, 2006 DEVELOPING STORIES:
HOUSE FIRE IN SANDWICH
SANDWICH – Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire in Sandwich Sunday evening. The fire at 6 Horseshoe Circle appeared to be on the second floor of the home. All of the occupants made it out safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Mutual aid covered Sandwich stations during the fire. Further details were not immediately available.

FIRE HEAVILY DAMAGES WOODS HOLE HOME
FALMOUTH – Fire heavily damaged a house in Woods Hole Sunday evening. The fire on Harbor Hill Road broke out shortly before 8 PM. Mutual aid from Mashpee and Otis covered Falmouth stations. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Further details were not immediately available.

CRASH CUTS POWER CLOSED ROAD IN MASHPEE
MASHPEE – No injuries in a car crash in Mashpee Sunday that created problems. The crash in the 600 block of Old Barnstable Road happened about 4:45 PM. A utility pole with a transformer was snapped and came across the road. As a result the road had to be closed. Power was knocked out in the area for a time until NStar could respond. Mashpee Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

SATURDAY APRIL 15th, 2006
DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HYANNIS CAR VS BUILDING
HYANNIS – One person suffered head injuries went their vehicle went out of control and struck a building. The crash happened on Mary Dunn Road around 11:30 PM. Details are sketchy but the driver apparently reported the crash himself via cell phone but was not able to give an exact location. Officials were able to pinpoint hit location a short time later. Barnstable Police are investigating the cause of the crash. Further details were not immediately available.

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