MARSHFIELD (CBS) – The search continued Sunday for a missing boater off the coast of Marshfield.

Coast Guard boats and helicopters searched the waters off Brant Rock Beach in Marshfield for 23-year-old Zac Woods, who fell off a 20-foot pleasure boat Saturday night.

Woods and 22-year-old Justin McDonald were on the boat at around 8:30 p.m. when the boat hit a jetty and spun out of control, sending the men into the water, according to the Marshfield Fire Chief. Neither man was wearing a life jacket.

WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports.

Coast Guard Lt. Joe Klinker said the boat was found running with no one on board when search crews arrived Saturday night. McDonald was spotted swimming toward the shore by a 17-year-old kayaker and saved, but Woods could not be found.

Searchers later found Woods’s backpack in the water.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

McDonald was arrested and charged with OUI in connection with the incident. He posted $10,000 bail and will be arraigned on Monday.

Comments (5)
  1. Otto says:

    It is Beetle Rock. There are several rocks in the area that have names. Brant Rock is further down the coast. Lack of local knowledge, and where submerged hazards are located can lead to tradgedy. Coastal charts can be purchased at most marine supply stores and show Brant Rock and Beetle Rock, and underwater hazards.

  2. concernedamerican says:

    Drunk no less, WHy. Hazzard rocks so sad and so senseless

  3. Raskin says:

    It is Brant Rock. I live right there and we went down to the scene. Zac was a friend of my families. Even so the rocks, yes, are very hazardous.

  4. Joe says:

    Drunk or not that area is very very dangerous and difficult to navigate. Everytime I’m in that area I stay well offshore to avoid it because I’m not comfortable enough that I know where and where not to go. Regardless, one kid is dead and the other has to live with the fact he may be responsible for his friends death. I don’t know if I could deal with it If my friend that i fish with all the time died because of something I did.

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