Missing diver turns up safe
EASTHAM - A diver reportedly ran into trouble near Nauset Light sometime before 8 PM. The call activated the Mid-Cape Dive Team comprised of firefighters from several towns. Crews were assembling in Chatham (right) when word came from Eastham Police the man had made it out of the water and was safe. The incident came a day after another diver went missing off Scituate on the South Shore. That diver is still unaccounted for. Meanwhile in a related story the Falmouth Fire Department dive team was called to Ashumet Pond just after 9 PM after a female swimmer was reported missing. The swimmer was found and taken to Falmouth Hospital. Further details were not immediately available. Photos by Jake O'Callaghan.
8 injured in head-on crash on Route 132
8 people were injured, 2 seriously in a two vehicle head-on crash at Rt. 132 & Shoot Flying Hill Rd.
BARNSTABLE - Eight people have been injured, two seriously in a head on crash on Route 132 in Barnstable.
The crash happened about 3 PM at the Shoot Flying Hill Road intersection. The large number of injuries prompted a mass casualty incident (MCI) declaration bringing in ambulances from Centerville and West Barnstable Fire Departments.
Route 132 was completely shut down and traffic was heavily backed up for quite some time. Police say a car driven by 17-year old Nicole Robinson of Marstons Mills which had four other teens in it was trying to turn onto Shoot Flying Hill Road when it collided with a vehicle driven by 28-year old Alexander Mudryy of Springfield whild was coming off Route 6.
The intersection has been the scene of numerous crashes and will be reconfigured as part of the ongoing Route 132 widening project. CWN Team coverage by Tim Caldwell and Frank Paparo. Photos by Frank Paparo.
Call for vessel in distress ends in man charged with drunk boating
COTUIT - What started as a call for a sailboat in distress off Oregon Beach in Cotuit about 5:30 PM ended with the vessel operating being arrested on suspicion of drunken boating. The man identified in court documents as 34-year old Andrew M. Jean of Concord was also charged with failing to stop for police and operating to endanger. Further details were not immediately available.
Two injured in Hyannis crash
A rear end collision jammed traffic in Hyannis Sunday afternoon. No one was seriously injured.
HYANNIS - At 4 PM Sunday there was a rear end crash at Lewis Bay Road and East Main Street in Hyannis. A Nissan Pathfinder rear ended a Chevy Camaro. Both drivers were evaluated and one was taken to Cape Cod Hospital to be checked out. The crash also created a major traffic jam in the area. Story and photo by Frank Paparo.
Child trapped in sand at beach
SANDWICH - Anxious moments at East Sandwich beach when a child reportedly becomes trapped in sand. Initial reports said only his head was above the sand. Rescuers were relieved to find the boy had been freed by the time they arrived. Lifeguards and beach commissions are always warning about the danger of deep holes in the sand caving in or sand dunes suddenly collapsing.
Falmouth motorcycle crash
FALMOUTH - One person was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash at Palmer Avenue and Sippewisset Road in Falmouth early Sunday afternoon. The victim 66-year old Barry Knowlton of Falmouth was rushed to Falmouth Hospital and them Medflighted to Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston.
Illegal campfires doused in Dennis
Two instances of illegal campfires in Dennis illustrate the danger during this dry spell:
Teen campers attract attention
Firefighters stretch a hose and extinguish illegal campfire.
SOUTH DENNIS - The call came into the Dennis Police department at 7:03 Sunday morning reporting a fire in a heavily wooded area behind Chadwick Road. The police notified the fire department and an investigation by officers and firefighters discovered an elaborate campsite set up by some teenagers complete with roaring campfire. The campsite was deep in the woods between Chadwick Road and the Dennis Police Department. The fire was quickly extinguished with a hand extinguisher but because of the very dry conditions, peat forest floor, and underbrush, the firefighters wanted to soak down the area. The site was significantly closer to the Dennis Police property (right) so firefighters called in their Ford 450 forestry truck rather than pull 400 feet of hose through the woods from the engine on Chadwick. A dirt road runs behind the new police department building and the forestry truck was able to get within about 150 feet of the scene. The teenagers were asked to dismantle their camp. No charges were filed in the matter...
Boat vs Island: campers ordered to douse fire
Firefighters used a rescue boat to reach another illegal campfire.
DENNISPORT - For the second time on Sunday, the Dennis Fire Department used a piece of specialty apparatus to deal with an illegal campfire. First, it was the forestry truck used to douse a fire site in South Dennis. Then, later in the morning, it was the 17-foot Boston Whaler rescue boat deployed to check on a smoky campfire on an unnamed, town-owned island in the middle of Swan Pond (A CWN reader tells us its actually called Pig Island). The call was received at 9:42 AM and the rescue boat was launched off of Clipper Lane in Dennisport around 10:10. Three campers on the island extinguished the fire when ordered to do so by the firefighters manning the boat. Story and photos by Kevin Morley.