BREAKING: Marine Distress Call for Overturned Vessel in Wareham

UPDATED: Wareham DNR, Coast Guard, Wareham Fire/EMS are responding...
Wareham DNR photo of today's rescue operations (WDNR photo)

UPDATE #4 - OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM WAREHAM DNR

10:00 P.M. SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

Press Release for Marine Distress

Sunday 05/20/2018

At approximately 3:00pm Wareham DNR officers monitoring the Marine VHF radio Channel 16 overheard a DSC distress call alert. The United States Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England was able to make contact with the vessel in distress. Originally reported as a mechanical issue, when Wareham DNR arrived on scene, Officers noted a 18-20 foot vessel that was overturned. All persons that were on the overturned vessel were pulled from the water onto another private vessel, as they were fishing in a group.

A total of 3 people were pulled from the water, and transported to Tempest Knob Boat Ramp by Wareham Fire Marine Unit 4 to be evaluate by Wareham EMS.

The vessel was towed to the Tempest Knob Boat Ramp by TowBoat U.S. and SeaTow Cape and Islands for boat accident investigators from the Massachusetts Evironmental Police.

We would like to thank Wareham Police Department Communications for swift response in dispatching all of the appropriate assets to the scene. Strong work by all involved.

The overturned vessel incident is currently under investigation by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

While the first vessel was being salvaged, another mayday call came over the VHF radio for a sailing vessel with an unknown distress at approximately 5:30pm. SeaTow Cape and Islands was able to secure the vessel and tow it to Kingman Marina. No persons were injured in the second distress call and it was determined to be an engine issue.

UPDATE #3 - FROM WAREHAM DNR:

Update: Vessel assisted by SeaTow Cape and Islands, a release will be made available as soon as we can.

BREAKING - WAREHAM DNR, WAREHAM FIRE, USCG RESPONDING TO ANOTHER VESSEL IN DISTRESS OFF OF STONY POINT DIKE

UPDATE #2 - FROM WAREHAM DNR:

Three persons were transferred to the Wareham Fire Boat and brought to shore to be evaluated for hypothermia by EMS. The vessel is being salvaged by TowBoat Cape Cod and SeaTow Cape and Islands at this time .

UPDATE:  Reports from the scene indicate that three people were brought ashore by rescue boat and are being screened for hypothermia.  No further details are available on this developing story.

From the Wareham Department of Natural Resources:

BREAKING: Wareham DNR, USCG, Wareham Fire and EMS responding to the west side of Stony Point Dike for a marine distress call. Overturned vessel. No further info at this time.

[This is a developing story.  Updates will be posted as available]


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