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Coast Guard, partner agencies save 1, search for another off Salisbury

by U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast on 7 Jun 2017
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Coast Guard crews from Station Merrimack River and Air Station Cape Cod along with local agencies saved one person and are searching for another Tuesday evening off of Salisbury Beach. At approximately 5:40 p.m. the Salisbury Police Department notified Coast Guard watchstanders of two people in the water near a capsized boat. Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched to assist.

One person was able to make it to the nearby jetty where he was recovered by the Salisbury Police Department. The man had no reported injuries. The Coast Guard, along with the Salisbury harbor master and police department, the Merrimack police department, the Newburyport police department, and local community continue to search for the second person.

The Coast Guard, Salisbury Harbor Master and Police Department, the Merrimack Police Department, and the Newburyport Police responded at about 5:40 p.m. to two people in the water after their boat reportedly capsized in rough seas. One person was rescued from a nearby jetty uninjured, and brought to the hospital by on-scene emergency medical services personnel. Neither person was wearing their lifejackets at the time of the incident.

When the Coast Guard’s 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew arrived on scene to locate the second person, they reported spotting him facedown and unconscious in the surf zone. While attempting to rescue him from the churn, the boat and crew were struck by an 8 to 10 foot breaking wave. When they recovered from the impact, the man was nowhere in sight.

The Coast Guard plans to continue searching at first light along with local responders.
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