3 people and a dog rescued in Wellfleet harbor

All four were rescued, but officials said it could have turned out much differently.

Three people and a dog were rescued from the waters off Wellfleet Harbor. 

On Sunday afternoon, three locals and a dog were about two miles offshore when their 19-foot sailboat capsized, according to the Wellfleet Fire Department.

Police and fire departments were notified around noon, as well as the harbormaster and U.S. Coast Guard. The Wellfleet harbormaster left the pier with two fire personnel to help with the rescue. It was a chilly, windy day, and seas were reportedly choppy with “notable ocean wind gusts,” the fire department said in a Facebook post. The temperature high in Wellfleet Sunday was 63 degrees, per Weather.com.


The rescue team found the capsized ship with two people and a dog on top of the hull — the third person was swimming to shore for help, and was found shortly after. Everyone was evaluated for hypothermia, but the three people refused further treatment. The fire department wrote that the occupants were stranded for around 45 minutes before being rescued.

“Wellfleet Fire Chief Rich Pauley and Harbormaster Will Sullivan noted that the outcome of this incident could have been much different given the factors of the ocean water temperature and choppy seas,” the department wrote. “Both Pauley and Sullivan would like to remind all boaters to be cognizant of the weather conditions particularly this time of year and strongly recommend that boaters have the appropriate communications equipment…for emergency situations.”

It was all wrapped up in an hour and a half, with rescue units clear by 1:30 p.m.

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