Updated with video: Rescuers respond after duck hunters become stranded on Sandy Neck

BARNSTABLE – 6 duck hunters reportedly became stranded reportedly due to a disabled vessel on the Slough Point area of Sandy Neck late Saturday morning. Barnstable Fire along with the Barnstable Harbormaster as well as boats from Centerville and Sandwich were called to the scene along with a Coast Guard helicopter. Officials were concerned about possible hypothermia setting in with the bitter cold and wind. Rough seas hampered efforts to reach the scene by boat. By 1 PM, a Natural Resource officer had rescued 4 of the victims while the Coast Guard helicopter hoisted two people from the boat. All of them reportedly declined any medical attention.
Top photos by David Curran/Satellite News Service (used with permission), lower photos by Air Station Cape Cod.

Air Station Cape Cod reported that Saturday their Jayhawk crew rescued 6 stranded duck hunters from a marsh near Barnstable Harbor. The 6 hunters became stranded when their vessel was left high and dry after the tide went out while they were hunting. Fearing the extreme cold and knowing the next high tide wouldn’t happen until later that night, the hunters phoned for help. Initially, Barnstable Fire, West Barnstable and Sandwich Fire attempted to rescue the hunters but were unable due to rough seas, low tides and mechanical issues.

The Jayhawk was called for and was vectored to the stranded hunters by Barnstable Fire. The Jayhawk crew able to reach the hunters without incident and after picking up the hunters transferred them to local EMS waiting at Sandy Neck for further evaluation. Thanks to all our local partners for their assistance and help.

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