One Dead, Two Rescued off Provincetown

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Provincetown and local EMS remove boaters from the Coast Guard Rescue Boat earlier today. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard is reporting that 1 person is dead and 2 have been rescued after their 20-foot boat began taking on water about 1 mile off Provincetown, MA, on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. The names of the boaters are unknown at this time.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Provincetown responded to the calls and recovered all 3 boaters from the water.

A station crewmember performed CPR on one of the unconscious boaters the entire trip back to the station, but the boater was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

“Even though the Coast Guard crew arrived on scene quickly, unfortunately one of the boaters didn’t survive,” said Lt. j.g. Brian Hall, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the boater’s family and friends.”

An ambulance leaves Coast Guard Station Provincetown en route to the hospital with the victims. Coast Guard photo.

The 2 survivors were hypothermic, but in stable condition when rescued by the Coast Guard crew.

The incident began at 9:10 a.m., when the Coast Guard received a Mayday distress call from a person aboard the 20-foot vessel stating, “Coast Guard, Coast Guard, Mayday, Mayday,” and an additional call stating, “We’re taking on a lot of water.”

Coast Guard crews were able to use Rescue 21, the Coast Guard’s advanced command, control and communications system created to improve the ability to assist mariners in distress and save lives and property at sea, to triangulate the location the boat was calling from. Rescue 21 used the signal received from 2 towers to pinpoint the boaters’ location.

“The position we received from Rescue 21 was extremely accurate and helped us find the distressed boaters within about 30 minutes of the first call,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Trent Storm, an operations unit controller at Sector Southeastern New England.

The name and homeport of the vessel is unknown, as is the cause of the vessel taking on water, although winds were strong out of the west-northwest this morning and a small-craft advisory had been issued.