Medford man rescued after clinging to overturned boat for 12 hours

YARMOUTH, MA (WHDH) - A Medford man reported missing by his girlfriend Monday after not returning from a boating trip was found early Tuesday, clinging to life beneath an overturned boat off Cape Cod, authorities said.

Yarmouth police, along with search and rescue teams from several surrounding communities, responded around 1:20 a.m. to an area near the Bass River and Smugglers Beach, and found a pickup truck and boat trailer that belonged to 36-year-old Arthur Moscufo.

Crews searched along the shore for several hours before a Coast Guard helicopter spotted a 14-foot aluminum boat capsized in Nantucket Sound and someone waving for help around 4:20 a.m.

Rescue crews said they pulled a “severely hypothermic man” out of the water. They said he had been “clinging to his overturned boat” for about 12 hours.

Nantucket Sound is approximately two-and-a-half miles southwest of the Bass River.

The man was taken to shore and then transported to Cape Cod Hospital for treatment, where he is said to be recovering in the ICU.

Rescue crews said Moscufo was “unbelievably lucky” to survive the incident.

 

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