Coast Guard Warns About Cold Waters after Multiple Rescues

HYANNIS – After multiple rescues recently, the Coast Guard has issued a warning to residents about cold waters, even as warmer temperatures approach. 

The Coast Guard and Hampton, New Hampshire Fire Department recently responded to a disabled and adrift jet ski with one person aboard off of Hampton Beach. 

A response boat towed the jet ski to safety and the operator and vehicle were both returned to their point of origin. 

“This case could have deteriorated as temperatures fell through the evening if not for a tremendous response from Coast Guard and Hampton Fire Crews,” said Commander Mark Neeland, deputy sector commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England and coordinator for the case. 

“It highlights the importance of continuing to follow cold water safety measures even as air temperatures rise throughout the region.”

The Coast Guard also recently conducted a medevac 113 miles southeast of Cape Cod, rescuing an injured fisherman.

The 50 year old crew member of the commercial fishing vessel Motivation reported shortness of breath and fever, and was transported to Cape Cod Hospital for care.

The Coast Guard said that ocean temperatures are still holding below 40 degrees, which can quickly incapacitate a person and make them unable to signal for help. 

Kayakers, stand-up paddle boarders, surfers and boaters are all advised by Coast Guard officials to review safety gear prior to departure, including lifejackets, navigational equipment, radios and fire extinguishers. 

They also urge residents to wear lifejackets, drysuits or wetsuits.

Officials also encourage individuals to file a float plan by telling a person ashore where they are going, for how long and where and when they plan to return. 

About Grady Culhane

Grady Culhane is a Cape Cod native currently living in Eastham. He studied media communications at Cape Cod Community College and joined the News Center in 2019.
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