Multi-agency rescue effort successful after Mass. teen was swept out to sea

When first responders arrived on the scene, the boy had been swept out approximately 50 to 75 feet offshore


By Scott J. Croteau
MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. — A 13-year-old boy was rescued by firefighters, police officers and the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday after he was swept out to sea in Gloucester.

Authorities said the boy, who is from Gloucester, fell off a rock at Rafe's Chasm and was swept away from land sometime around 5:20 p.m. Saturday.

The Gloucester Fire Department, Gloucester Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard Gloucester Station  responded to a call of a boy that had been taking photos of the waves and fell off the rock and into the water. (Photo/Gloucester Fire Department)
The Gloucester Fire Department, Gloucester Police Department and the U.S. Coast Guard Gloucester Station responded to a call of a boy that had been taking photos of the waves and fell off the rock and into the water. (Photo/Gloucester Fire Department)

First responders learned the boy had been taking photos of the waves with his friends when he fell off of a rock and into the water.

“At the time police and firefighters arrived on the scene, he had been swept approximately 50 to 75 feet offshore,” authorities said. “The U.S. Coast Guard Gloucester Station was informed of the incident, and promptly launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat in search of the boy.”

The boy was several hundred feet away from shore when he was rescued by the Coast Guard.

The boy was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was in good condition last night.

“Fortunately, as a result of the swift, seamless teamwork between the Gloucester Fire and Police Departments and the Coast Guard, this boy was rescued very quickly,” Fire Chief Eric Smith said. “Time is critical in an incident like this, and I’d like to thank all those who took part in today’s rescue.”

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