Man Rescued in Menemsha Pond
October 12, 2016
Martha’s Vineyard Times: Amid howling winds and dropping temperatures Monday morning [Oct. 10], Aquinnah Police Officer David Murphy removed his duty belt and swam to the assistance of a man screaming for help off Red Beach in Menemsha Pond after his dingy capsized. Officer Murphy helped the man remain afloat until Aquinnah harbormaster Brian Vanderhoop and firefighter Darren Laporte arrived in the Wampanoag tribe’s inflatable patrol boat and pulled them from the water.
Winds were gusting more than 30 miles per hour Monday when Officer Murphy received a call just before 9:00 a.m. of a man in distress off Red Beach, on the northwest corner of Menemsha Pond off Lobsterville Road. Seasonal Aquinnah homeowner Eric Stange, 63, of Arlington later told rescuers he had gone out to check a sailboat when the wind upended his dinghy.