Wareham: Five Rescued After Boat Crash

Credit: Wareham Dept. Of Natural Resources

Credit: Wareham Dept. Of Natural Resources

Five people were pulled from the waters of Buzzards Bay Monday night.

Wareham Police say officers were dispatched to the area of 261 Great Neck Rd. around 8 p.m. over a reports of a crash and people yelling for help.

The officers went to the Stony Point Dike where they heard multiple people screaming for help in the water, on the Cape Cod Canal side of the dike.

They saw two people struggling and could hear multiple other people yelling for help but could not see them.

One of the officers, jumped in the water with a life jacket and throw ring and was able to safely bring the two people to shore.

The other officer continued to search for the other individuals and found them clinging to a channel marker buoy.

They reported the location and the three were rescued by the Harbormaster and Onset Fire Staff.

Police say it appears the five involved suffered only minor injuries.

It was later determined a vessel owned by Andrew Murray of Mattapoisett, struck a buoy marker throwing the five individuals into the water.

The incident is being investigated by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

Both officers were praised by Acting Police Chief John Walcek.

“Officer James White risked his life tonight by jumping in the ocean without hesitation, saving two lives. The individuals in distress were over a 120 feet from shore, coupled with the strong canal current, and darkness made the rescue of these two people miraculous. I am extremely proud of his bravery under adverse conditions.” Walcek added, “Officer Blaise Lalli was prepared to enter the water where the other cries for help were coming from until it was realized that they were clinging to buoy. The cooperation and coordination between the multiple agencies involved, made this night end without any loss of life. Wareham is indeed lucky to have such dedicated public servants. Furthermore, it should be added that these rescues would not have happened if it was not for the concerned residents who called 911 and began checking the area.” 

 

Credit: Wareham Dept. Of Natural Resources

Credit: Wareham Dept. Of Natural Resources

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Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.