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Coast Guard searches after report of man washed off Breakwater

Mission ends with person found safe on land
By Stephen Betts | Oct 30, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Rockland Breakwater during a 2016 storm.

Rockland — The Coast Guard searched by air and water after receiving a report that a person may have been washed off the Rockland Breakwater.

Coast Guard Station Commanding Officer Carter Seigh said the station received a report at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 30 by someone who was viewing the Breakwater on a webcam. The person reported seeing a person walking on the Breakwater, and a few moments later they were not seen.

The station sent out a 29-foot rescue boat, and then because of rough seas, sent out a 47-foot vessel from the station.

A helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station in Cape Cod in Sandwich, Mass. is also conducting the search.

High tide was shortly after 11 a.m. with heavy wave action from northeast winds gusting to more than 20 knots.

The search ended about 1:30 p.m. with no indication of anyone in the water. In addition, Seigh said a woman contacted the Coast Guard after reading the Courier-Gazette article online and said she believes the person on the Breakwater was her husband, who is safe. Seigh said the Coast Guard was checking that out to confirm her husband was the person spotted on the Breakwater.

The Breakwater is a 4,364-foot long series of granite blocks leading out the lighthouse and is a popular destination for locals and tourists.


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Comments (3)
Posted by: johanna stadler | Nov 01, 2020 13:15

Who is writing these headlines?

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Oct 30, 2020 21:46

Should be investigated to see if a false report and restitution made if deemed so.

Posted by: Debra Damon | Oct 30, 2020 18:37

I'm glad they are safe.


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