Environmental Police - Second Capsizing in a Week with No Personal Flotation Device

Fisherman treated for hypothermia...
Environmental Police load up a vessel that capsized on Spectacle Pond in Sandwich Sunday afternoon. (MEP photo)

From the Massachusetts Environmental Police:

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 28, a fisherman's vessel capsized on Spectacle Pond in Sandwich. The fisherman was able to reach shore safely where he was then transported for treatment of hypothermia. Sandwich Fire Department was able to recover the vessel; Massachusetts Environmental Police Officers subsequently transported the vessel to the victim's vehicle. This was the second capsizing this weekend in which the occupant did not have a personal floation device (PFD) onboard.

The Massachusetts Environmental Police remind on-the-water enthusiasts that all vessels are required to have at least one USCG-approved wearable PFD for each person onboard at all times. PFDs must be readily accessible, size appropriate, and in good and serviceable condition. Furthermore, canoeists and kayakers are required to wear PFDs from September 15 through May 15. For more information on Massachusetts Boating Laws, please visit:https://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-boating-safety-guide.


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