The Coast Guard and Massachusetts Environmental Police rescued four people from the water off the Cape and Islands in three incidents that took place within about an hour Friday evening.
The first incident was off Woods Hole, where the crew of a Coast Guard cutter saw a woman overturn her 10-foot sailboat in Little Harbor at 5:32 p.m., according to a statement released by the Coast Guard Saturday morning. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot boat and rescued the woman, who was not injured.
At about 6:20, Coast Guard personnel responded to a report of a man overboard near Provincetown, according to the statement. A 36-year-old man, who fell from a fishing boat, was picked up by a Coast Guard boat and returned, uninjured, to the fishing vessel.
The final rescue was off Chilmark, a town in Martha’s Vineyard, at about 6:45. The Coast Guard received a 911 report that a person might be in the water, according to the statement. The Massachusetts Environmental Police rescued two distressed snorkelers and transferred them to an ambulance on dry land.
One of the snorkelers was smacked by a big wave, hit his head on a rock, and became disoriented, Petty Officer Myeonghi Clegg, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, said in a phone interview. Clegg did not have more details about the incident.
The Coast Guard and a local police marine unit also responded to the scene.
“These cases are great examples of the Coast Guard’s ability to respond quickly and work with partner agencies to achieve positive results,” Coast Guard Lieutenant Bryan Swintek said in the statement. “As the Coast Guard celebrates its 223rd birthday this Sunday, we continue to work diligently to uphold our longstanding lifesaving tradition.”Chris Stuck-Girard can be reached at email@example.com.