Search continues for missing boater near Salisbury Beach

united states coast guard 

News Release  

June 6, 2017
U.S. Coast Guard 1st District Northeast
Contact: 1st District Public Affairs
Office: (617) 223-8515
After Hours: (617) 717-9609

Search continues for missing boater near Salisbury Beach

BOSTON — Coast Guard crews from Station Merrimack River and Air Station Cape Cod continue searching into Tuesday night for a missing boater off Salisbury Beach.

The Coast Guard, Salisbury Harbor Master and Police Department, the Merrimack Police Department, and the Newburyport Police responded at about 5:40 p.m. to two people in the water after their boat reportedly capsized in rough seas. One person was rescued from a nearby jetty uninjured, and brought to the hospital by on-scene emergency medical services personnel. Neither person was wearing their lifejackets at the time of the incident.

When the Coast Guard’s 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew arrived on scene to locate the second person, they reported spotting him facedown and unconscious in the surf zone. While attempting to rescue him from the churn, the boat and crew were struck by an 8 to 10 foot breaking wave. When they recovered from the impact, the man was nowhere in sight.

The Coast Guard plans to continue searching at first light along with local responders.