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Boater gets stuck on the rocks

Alex Green • Jun 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM


A boater got stuck on rocks near a bank in the East Harbor in Marblehead Monday.

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Marblehead assisted the single boater around 8 p.m., Coast Guard Lieutenant Jillian Lamb said.

The man, who was driving a 31-foot Chris Craft, was found unharmed, Lamb said.

"He has diabetes so there were those concerns," Lamb said.

But he was taken to the East Harbor Marina quickly, she said, before any medical troubles. His boat was towed as he boarded the Coast Guard vessel.

An ODNR Parks officer near the scene said the boat had engine trouble, causing the watercraft to wash ashore on the east side of the East Harbor.

Lamb said the driver of the boat attempted to anchor his boat when it lost power, but wind forced it to drift near land.

The boat was nearly stationary on top of rocks next to a steep bank. Its only movement came from small waves crashing into the bank.

The boater said he did not need help when he was asked by the reporter.

"I've got a phone," he said.

He declined to comment further.

Lamb said the boater took the proper course of action by attempting to anchor his boat away from rocks. It did not work out as expected, she said, and his boat ended up on the rocks.

"It's much more difficult (to tow) once it is on the rocks," she said.

Although it sounds like common sense, Lamb said, life jackets should be worn in all cases, but especially once something goes awry.

The man was wearing a life-jacket, she said.

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