12 Rescued After Boat Capsizes in West End of Cape Cod Canal


The Coast Guard, Buzzard’s Bay Task Force, other government agencies, and good Samaritans rescued 12 people from the water after a 23’ Four Winns powerboat overturned in Hog Island Channel in the West End of the Cape Cod Canal on Wednesday, July 26.

A good Samaritan called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England at about 4:40 p.m., reporting that a boat had overturned and 12 people were in the water. The good Samaritan also reported that the boat appeared to be overloaded and was struggling against the seas. Tide was westbound at the time, pushing against a stiff southwest wind off Buzzards Bay.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape and a 45’ boat crew from Station Cape Cod Canal rushed to the scene. By the time the boat crew arrived on scene, a good Samaritan aboard the Disco Volante had recovered 9 of the 12 people from the water. The Coast Guard and local government agency crews recovered the remaining 3 people from the water.

Sadly, one child had become trapped below the boat and was unresponsive when finally located and removed from the water. He was taken to Tobey Hospital and later flown to a Boston Hospital. The child was wearing a lifejacket. No word was given on his current condition.