Video shows Coast Guard rescuing man taken at sea while fishing in Massachusetts
A man who was forced to hang on to a lobster buoy after being swept overboard while fishing in Massachusetts was rescued by the US Coast Guard and first responders over the weekend, the authorities said.
The Gloucester Fire Department received a call around 7:15 p.m. Saturday that several adults were fishing on the rocks of Rafe’s Chasm, a large rocky fissure that overlooks the shore of the coastal town, when a wave swept two men in. the Atlantic Ocean, according to officials.
Two passers-by jumped into the water to save the two men and were able to bring one of them back to the rocky shore amid the pounding waves. The second man was swept from shore, Gloucester Fire and Police Services, Gloucester Gatekeeper’s Office and Coast Guard wrote in a statement declaration.
First responders arrived at the scene moments later and found the man about 500 feet from shore, hanging on the lobster buoy. Vessels from the porter’s office and the Gloucester Coast Guard station quickly arrived at the scene and pulled the individual out of the water, the statement said.
Video taken from the rescue shows first responders pulling the man into their boat and asking other authorities to meet at Solomon’s Landing.
“This rescue was a great example of a joint effort between the police, firefighters and harbormaster’s office as well as the Coast Guard,” said Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith. “On both the land and the water side, the crews reacted quickly and knew exactly what to do, and it was great teamwork all around. We also congratulate the spectators who jumped into the water, as well as those who called for help.
The man clinging to the buoy was taken by boat to the porter’s dock, where he was treated and taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics from the Gloucester Fire Department, authorities said. The other man who fell into the water was taken through the woods and then to a nearby hospital by paramedics.
The two passers-by who helped with the rescue were treated at the shore, but they were not taken to hospital, officials noted. None of the injuries sustained by the four people were life threatening.
“Time is of the essence whenever an incident like this occurs, and all parties involved have demonstrated rapid and highly effective rescue techniques,” said Gloucester Police Chief Edward Conley. “We urge all residents to use extreme caution when fishing near shore and always be aware of your surroundings.”
The National Park Service offers the following safety tips to fish or operate a fishing boat:
- Always wear Coast Guard approved life jackets when on, in, or near water.
- Designate a “water watcher” to follow the children in your group.
- Cast only in areas where fishing is permitted.
- Find shelter in the event of a thunderstorm and seek higher ground if the water level rises.
- Consult the local tide tables and pay attention to the behavior of the tides.
- Be aware of invisible water hazards and be careful when walking or wading in the water.
- Never fish or operate a fishing boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol.