Two men rescued after boat capsizes in harbor

By Shenandoah Briere | Jun 25, 2018

Two men were rescued from their sinking boat by a sailor participating in boat races out on Padanaram Harbor on June 24, according to a Fire District No. 1 official.

The fire department’s marine division was dispatched around 2 p.m. to the harbor, just outside of Clark’s Cove, where there were reports of a boat capsizing, said Deputy Chief Jake Bettencourt.

Upon arriving, fire crews learned two men from Taunton were fishing when their 16- to-18 foot boat took on too much water and began sinking.

At the time, New Bedford Yacht Club members were out racing when one of the sailors noticed the boat going down and rushed over to help. The two men were unable to retrieve their life raft in time and were found in the water. The sailor rescued the men and brought them to the fire district's boat where a medic was waiting.

The men were not treated for any injuries, but were rather were wet, cold and shaken up after being in the 60 degree water.

“Fortunately there were those folks from the yacht club out there and they were able to get to them and rescue them,” Bettencourt said.

Although the cause of the accident remains unclear, Bettencourt said the boat could have been positioned wrong leading to its “relatively quick” submersion.

Officials did a quick search for the boat using radars after the recovery, but were unable to find it. Harbor Master Steve Melo said it will be up to the owners to raise and salvage it.



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