CAMBRIDGE (CBS) — Nine members of the M.I.T. rowing team were rescued from the Charles River by the Cambridge Fire Department Friday morning. A boat capsized around 7 a.m., the Fire Department tweeted.

According to M.I.T., “two MIT eight-person shells swamped in high winds and waves in the vicinity of the Longfellow Bridge.”

Nine people wait to be rescued by the Cambridge Fire Department (WBZ-TV)

Rescue crews headed to the first boat were canceled because Mass. State Police said everyone was accounted for. A second 911 call reported there were nine people in the water from the second boat and that’s when Cambridge Fire units responded.

Flotation devices were tossed to those in the water and they were pulled to a rescue boat.

No injuries were reported.

The crew boat has since been uprighted. No word yet on what caused it to capsize.

Nine people were rescued after their boat capsized on the Charles River Friday (WBZ-TV)

“The conditions were more rough than we anticipated,” said one man who was rescued. “Accidents happen I think…It could have been worse but the emergency crew was super helpful. Nobody is hurt that we know of. So, all in all, I think it’s not a disaster by any means.”

One boat was slightly damaged but it will be fixed, M.I.T. said.


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