Three days, three rescues for Marion Harbormaster

Jul 20, 2020

MARION — The town’s Harbormaster, Isaac Perry, said the last few days has been a rollercoaster ride in his office.

For three days in a row, he’s had to rescue people on out sailboats who were capsized or got stuck in the sand.

On July 21, crews responded to a distress signal at 2 a.m. from a man in a 26-foot sailboat at the tip of Planting Island who had just woken up. The man said his boat was taking on water, but crews found his boat was high and dry on the tip of the island. The situation is still under investigation.

On July 20, crews rescued three sailors on July 20 who capsized in a small sailboat southeast of Bird Island at around 12:30 p.m. 

The 18-foot boat capsized during a sailing lesson. It was a windy day on the water, as Marion Harbormaster Isaac Perry said winds were blowing between 25 and 30 knots and the waves were short and choppy during the lesson.

The Harbormaster’s boat and all personnel from the office were on the scene within 10 minutes of the 911 call.

The three individuals, one elderly woman and two middle-aged individuals, were back on shore within 30 minutes. 

On land, Marion EMS checked out and cleared the individuals involved, and the capsized boat was towed in by the Marion Harbormaster in about an hour.

Mattapoisett Harbormaster Jamie McIntosh assisted with the call. The capsized boat was turned and set upright with the help of Mattapoisett’s new harbormaster vessel. Perry said the new boat was “phenomenal” and a “real asset” in assisting crews.

On July 19, Harbormaster crews helped overturn a capsized sunfish near Converse Point. The two individuals in the boat were hanging onto the race marker that was in the water nearby.