GLOUCESTER (CBS) – A 13-year-old boy is recovering after falling off the rocks at Gloucester’s Rafe’s Chasm and being swept out to sea.
13 year old boy saved by @USCGNortheast @USCG Station Gloucester after joint rescue operation with @GloucesterPD @gloucesterfire. Boy was swept off rocks at Rafes Chasm. He is in good condition being treated at local hospital. PR to follow. Video courtesy of GFD. @GuilfoilPR pic.twitter.com/ztJy3sTTJx
— Gloucester Fire Dept (@gloucesterfire) September 7, 2019
The Gloucester Fire Department said it received a call at 5:21 Saturday evening. The boy had been taking photos of the waves with his friends when he fell into the water. The waves carried him 50-75 feet offshore. Fire, police and the Coast Guard responded to the scene.
The Coast Guard sent a 47-foot motor lifeboat to rescue the boy. By the time he was rescued, he was several hundred feet from the shore.
The teen was treated at Beverly Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening. He is in good condition.
“Fortunately, as a result of the swift, seamless teamwork between the Gloucester Fire and Police Departments and the Coast Guard, this boy was rescued very quickly,” Fire Chief Smith said. “Time is critical in an incident like this, and I’d like to thank all those who took part in today’s rescue.”
The teen has not been identified.