BARNSTABLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A emergency call for help came in at 11:15 a.m. Saturday for six duck hunters that were stranded near the Slough Point area of Sandy Neck in Barnstable.
According to the United States Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, the hunters were trapped after their vessel was grounded when the tide went out while they were hunting. With frigid temperatures and the tide returning later at night, the hunters called for help, officials said.
Originally, Barnstable Fire, West Barnstable Fire, and Sandwich Fire attempted to rescue the hunters but could not reach them because of the rough waters, low tide, and mechanical issues, the Coast Guard said.
A Jayhawk helicopter was deployed and directed to the hunters' location by Barnstable Fire, officials said. The Coast Guard released a video of the rescue, where the Jayhawk lowered and reached the hunters' boat without incident. The hunters were then transferred over to local Emergency Medical Services for evaluation. There were no reported injuries after the incident, officials said.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.