2 Rescued After Sailboat Grounds in Boston Harbor
November 15, 2016
The Coast Guard used a helicopter to remove 2 men from their sailboat on Friday, Nov. 11, after it ran aground near Lovells Island in Boston Harbor.
The owner of the sailboat, Silent Passage, radioed Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders at about 1:00 p.m. reporting they had run aground on the rocks. They had also contacted a commercial salvage company to assist them.
A 47’ Motor Life Boat from Station Point Allerton crew diverted from patrol to see if they could assist the sailing vessel. Due to low tide, neither the Coast Guard crew nor the salvage company could not reach the sailboat.
The initial plan was to wait for the tide to refloat the sailing vessel. However, wind speed increased to between 20 and 30 knots and the situation became unsafe.
In response, Air Station Cape Cod launched a helicopter, which was used to evacuate the crew of the sailboat at approximately 4:40 p.m.
No injuries were reported.