113 People Rescued By  U.S. Coast Guard Near Massachusetts



Nearly 106 passengers and seven crewmembers aboard a grounded chartered vessel were rescued by U.S Coast Guard.  The incident took place near Woods Hole, Massachusetts on 14th of July by 11:30 p.m.

The charter vessel Pied Piper ran aground near Grassy Island in Great Harbor.  On hearing the distress call from the ship, multiple USCG rescue crews were launched.  At about 11:30 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard disembarked the passengers from Pied Piper and safely transferred them all to the shore.

“Our top priority was the immediate safety and accountability of all passengers and crew aboard the Pied Piper,” said Capt. John Kondratowicz, commander of Sector Southeastern New England.  “The exceptional response by our boat crews and the Falmouth Police department led to a quick and successful rescue.”

No injuries or pollution were reported.  The incoming high tide helped the vessel  to refloat and be towed back to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Dock.  The cause of the grounding is  under investigation.

Source: USCG News