Coast Guard rescues child swept out to sea by large wave in Gloucester

GLOUCESTER , MASS. (WHDH) - A 13-year-old child was rescued by the Coast Guard after being swept out to sea by a large wave in Gloucester Saturday, officials said.

The Coast Guard responded to reports of a child in the water at around 5:30 p.m., officials said.

The child had been on a rock at Rafes Chasm Park taking photos of the waves with his friends when he fell off and was swept out by a large wave, Gloucester fire officials said.

The Coast Guard launched a 47-foot lifeboat to search for the boy and he remained in sight of Gloucester police and firefighters until he was rescued, fire officials said.

The child was rescued, conscious and alert, around 6:15 p.m. and sustained only minor injuries.

“Fortunately, as a result of the swift, seamless teamwork between the Gloucester Fire and Police Departments and the Coast Guard, this boy was rescued very quickly,” Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said. “Time is critical in an incident like this, and I’d like to thank all those who took part in today’s rescue.”


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