BOSTON (CBS) — Coast Guard Rescue crews searched Sunday for a man who fell overboard from a ferry late Saturday night.
Coast Guard Spokesperson Ross Ruddell said the man fell from the third deck of the Provincetown II ferry not far from Castle Island.
The ferry was part of a country music cruise operated by Bay State Cruise Company. The company identified the missing man as a 41-year-old.
The search for the man was suspended at 5:38 p.m., the Coast Guard said.
“The deep sadness that an event like this evokes in us and our crew is indescribable,” Mike Glasfeld, owner of Bay State Cruises said in a statement released Sunday morning.
The passenger who fell was aboard with his girlfriend.
“Our hearts and blessings are with those close to the gentleman who has gone missing. We are moved beyond words by the emotions of the event. There are no words to adequately describe our sympathies,” Glasfeld said.
Bay State Cruises said interviews with several witnesses aboard the vessel appear to indicate the man had been engaging in horseplay when he fell from the vessel.
“Two passengers, positioned immediately adjacent to railing from which the man fell, reported trying to grab at the man to stop him from an athletic leap up, scaling the ship’s railings,” the cruise company said. (Continued…)
According to Bay State Cruise Company, a vessel staff member who was standing 10-15 feet away from the passenger also saw the man jumping onto the railing and moved quickly to stop the passenger, but wasn’t able to stop him.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports