UPDATED: Two rescued after boat overturns in Wellfleet Harbor

Wellfleet Harbormaster used this boat to rescue two people after the ir boat overturned in Wellfleet Harbor.

WELLFLEET – Wellfleet Fire reports that on Tuesday at approximately 8:09 AM, the department along with the Wellfleet Harbormaster were dispatched to a report of an overturned boat with two people in distress in Wellfleet Harbor, in the area of Jeremy’s Point. Wellfleet Fire responded with a chief officer, marine unit and an ambulance. Harbormaster Mike Flanagan and assistant Will Sullivan responded immediately and launched their boat with two firefighter/paramedics on board. In addition the Coast Guard was notified and requested to assist as well as a marine unit from Eastham Fire. Subsequent reports confirmed an overturned fishing vessel with the two fishermen hanging on the hull of the boat with the victims estimated to have been in the water for 30 minutes.

The fire and harbormaster crews arrived at the location of the sunken vessel, determined to be in the outer harbor and were able to take the two victims onboard the Harbormaster’s vessel. Both victims were conscious and alert but suffering from hypothermia. They were rapidly transported to the dock to meet Wellfleet and Orleans ambulances that were waiting there and transported the two to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment and evaluation.
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Wellfleet Harbormaster Mike Flanagan tells Cape Wide News that they were lucky things turned out as they did, adding that they found the two off of Blackfish Creek area standing on the roof of the vessel chest deep. They were pulled them aboard and rushed them to the pier. He says that because of harbormaster restrictions at low tide and the need for dredging they barely had enough water to respond and return.

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