Close Call as Boat Sinks in Westport Harbor, MA

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Two men—a father and his son—were rescued in a bizarre incident in Westport, MA, on Saturday, Dec. 5. According to, Carl Smith of New Bedford and son Kyle Smith of Dartmouth were taking their 13’ skiff for a spin when, shortly after launching, it pitchpoled at high speed and capsized off Lees Wharf, perhaps due to the anchor line becoming fouled in the propeller.

The 2 men, neither of whom was wearing a lifejacket, were thrown into the chilly water. Fortunately, Westport Assistant Harbormaster Jonathan Paull happened to be on a nearby dock, and witnessed the incident. He quickly hopped in the harbormaster’s boat and rescued the men with the help of 2 commercial fishermen.

The boat, which sank, was later retrieved with the engine and two lifejackets still inside, according to the article.

Read more about the skiff that sank in Westport Harbor, MA, and the 2 men who were rescued.