2 Rescued After Merrimack River Capsize
October 19, 2016
A boat capsized near the mouth of the Merrimack River Monday [Oct. 17] sending 2 people into the water. A crewman aboard the vessel Lady Suzanne used a VHF radio to hail Coast Guard watchstanders at about 6:45 p.m. and report seeing the 31’ Laurie Ann capsize near the north jetty.
A 47’ motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Merrimack River and a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod deployed to search for possible persons in the water. A short time later, the crew of the Lady Suzanne located 2 people in the water and pulled them aboard. One person was reported to be wearing a life jacket and be in fair condition; the other was not wearing a life jacket and was experiencing symptoms of shock, and had an injury to his face.
After rendezvousing with Lady Suzanne, the Coast Guard MLB crew transferred the 2 people aboard, where crew rendered first aid. The MLB crew took the 2 people to shore where emergency service personnel were awaiting their arrival.