Topics: Coast Guard

This past weekend US Coast Guard officials spent more than four hours scouring the waters off Plymouth looking for a possible person in the water after finding an adrift kayak. While the search was eventually suspended and no missing persons reports filed, indicating that the vessel likely floated free of its mooring, the situation is a powerful reminder that even paddle sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and sta...

When officials receive a call for help from a boater in trouble, the problem isn't a lack of responders; typically, the Coast Guard, harbormasters from several towns and police and fire boats get underway. A new system being put in place this summer aims to streamline and simplify the way town resources are dispatched by the Coast Guard. The system involves a smartphone app used by town harbormasters, police o...

Death of 'Capt. Dave' Murdoch Stuns Waterfront

By: Alan Pollock , Kat Szmit

CHATHAM — Captain Dave Murdoch was an easily recognizable figure in the town of Chatham, between driving along in his blue Jeep with its American flag waving in the wind and walks with his dog Gordon. Now, friends and fellow mariners are mourning the death of the 78-year-old, whose remains were found near the southern tip of North Beach Monday afternoon. Investigators do not yet know how Mr. Murdoch died, bu...

Coast Guard Readies New Rescue Boat

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — When it comes to offshore emergencies, the go-to agency is – and always has been – the U.S. Coast Guard. But when boaters get into trouble in shallow water, the crew of Station Chatham has been up the creek, thanks to the size and design of their three 42-foot nearshore lifeboats. That's all about to change. Station Chatham has just received a 24-foot shallow-draft rescue boat capable of operating...

The “heartwarming and inspiring” story of the 1952 rescue of 32 sailors from the Pendleton, the tanker that broke in two off Cape Cod during a vicious northeaster, represents Chatham’s community spirit at its finest, says Danielle Jeanloz, executive director of the Chatham Historical Society (CHS). “Rarely does a community have a chance to rally like that and have such success,” Jeanloz said Monday. The story ...

Man Unhurt After Boat Capsizes

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — A Chatham man was cold and wet but uninjured after his boat capsized near the north inlet late Tuesday afternoon. Harbormaster Stuart Smith said the single man aboard the 22-foot center console boat, identified as fisherman Justin Pascarelli of Chatham, was in the area of the inlet when his boat rolled in the surf. Smith said Pascarelli waded to a nearby sand bar, and thanks to a waterproof cell ph...

Coast Guard Seeks Shallow-draft Boat

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – When surf is breaking on the Chatham Bar and fishing boats are either on their way out of the harbor or coming back home, the Coast Guard has taken to positioning one of its near-shore lifeboats near the entrance channel. “We have not done this in previous months,” said Station Chatham Senior Chief Corbin Ross. Members of the commercial fleet requested the move, however, due to increased shoaling on ...

CHATHAM – With docking space at a premium, town officials are considering ending the U.S. Coast Guard's lease at the fish pier's north jog. The Aunt Lydia's Cove committee last week voted to recommend to selectmen that the lease, which ends next fall, not be renewed. Nobody wants the Coast Guard to vacate the premises, however. The Aunt Lydia's Cove and waterways advisory committee are reviewing options for...

Lucky Boaters Safe After Going Overboard

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Two boaters are lucky to be alive after a fishing trip off Allen Harbor went badly awry last Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a man aboard a 28-foot center console boat radioed the Chatham harbormaster to report an empty inflatable motorized boat south of Allen Harbor. Chatham's 21-foot patrol boat, which was patrolling off Harding's Beach, diverted to the scene. Assistant Harbormas...

Lucky Boaters Safe After Going Overboard

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Two boaters are lucky to be alive after a fishing trip off Allen Harbor went badly awry Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a man aboard a 28-foot center console boat radioed the Chatham harbormaster to report an empty inflatable motorized boat south of Allen Harbor. Chatham's 21-foot patrol boat, which was patrolling off Harding's Beach, diverted to the scene. Assistant Harbormaster B...

Pilot Whale Strands, Dies At Harding's Beach

By: Kat Szmit

CHATHAM ─ In the foggy hours just after dawn on July 18, a 17-foot pilot whale stranded and died in the sandbars at the point of Harding's Beach. The whale was initially spotted by Kelly Chase, a friend of Corbin Ross, BMCS, Officer in Charge at Coast Guard Station Chatham, with news of the stranded creature reaching officials from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the media shortly afterw...

Watchword For Summer Boating Season: Caution

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Whether on the water for business or fun, boaters in and around Chatham know one thing for sure – nothing about these beautiful salty waterways stays the same for long. Hoping to learn more about the current condition of local waters and harbors as the boating season begins, more than 150 people turned out for Saturday’s Harbor Updates at the Chatham Community Center. The event, sponsored by the Monomoy Yacht ...

Wind And Waves Vex Aspiring Ocean Rowers

By: Alan Pollock

The elements seem to be conspiring against two would-be adventurers who are planning to row across the Atlantic this summer. James Caple and Cindy Way remain ashore, waiting for a break in the easterly winds, ocean storms and high seas. “We were really expecting to be able to leave Monday morning first thing,” they wrote Sunday in an email to supporters. They consulted with their weather service Sunday morni...

'The Finest Hours' DVD Released

By: Tim Wood

Now you can watch the daring adventures of Bernie Webber and the crew of the CG36500 in your own home. The DVD and Blu-ray disc of the Disney Studios Film “The Finest Hour” was released on Tuesday. The disc not only includes the full theatrical version of the film detailing the rescue of the crew of the tanker Pendleton off Chatham's east coast in 1952, but many extras as well. They include “Against All Odds: The...

CHATHAM — Imagine this logistical nightmare: 18 tons of building supplies need to be delivered to a remote island. Boats are impractical, and federal law keeps you from using forklifts or other heavy equipment on the beach. What do you do? You call in military air support. On Friday and Monday, a Jayhawk rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod made nine trips from a staging area at Har...

HARWICH — The Coast Guard is considering removing two aids-to-navigation in the federal channel leading into Saquatucket Harbor as a cost savings measure. The cost of maintaining the buoys exceeds navigational safety benefits, Coast Guard officials say. But Harbormaster John Rendon said the buoys have great value in protecting boaters as they enter the inside channel at Saquatucket Harbor, marking a shoal and ...