Coast Guard rescues man from boat grounded off Nantucket

The Coast Guard rescued a man from a grounded boat near the entrance of the Nantucket Channel early this morning.

At 10 p.m. Thursday, the Brant Point Coast Guard station received a radio call from a friend of the man captaining the 40-foot boat. The friend reported that the man’s vessel was aground on the Channel’s jetty and could not move, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard sent a 47-foot motor lifeboat to assist the boater, but the crew was unable to get close enough to rescue the man and called for the assistance of a helicopter.

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At midnight, the boat began to fill with water and quickly sank. The boat crew then threw a line to the man and pulled him on board.

“The coxswain and crew’s initiative and quick actions to throw him the line definitely saved his life,’’ said Senior Chief Petty Officer Matt James, officer in charge at the Coast Guard Nantucket station. “I am extremely proud of the crew for their actions, from the communication center to the crew of the 47.’’

No one was injured during the rescue operation.

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