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Four rescued from waters off the Cape and Islands

The Coast Guard and Massachusetts Environmental Police rescued four people from the water off the Cape and Islands in three incidents that took place within about an hour Friday evening.

The first incident was off Woods Hole, where the crew of a Coast Guard cutter saw a woman overturn her 10-foot sailboat in Little Harbor at 5:32 p.m., according to a statement released by the Coast Guard Saturday . The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot boat and rescued the woman, who was not injured.

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At about 6:20 p.m., Coast Guard personnel responded to a report of a man overboard near Provincetown, according to the statement. A 36-year-old man, who fell from a fishing boat, was picked up by a Coast Guard boat and returned, uninjured, to the fishing vessel.

The final rescue was off Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard, at about 6:45 p.m. The Coast Guard received a 911 report that a person may be in the water, the statement said. The Massachusetts Environmental Police rescued two distressed snorkelers and transferred them to an ambulance on land.

One of the snorkelers was smacked by a big wave, hit his head on a rock, and became disoriented, said Petty Officer Myeonghi Clegg, a Coast Guard spokeswoman. Clegg did not have further details about the incident.

The Coast Guard and a local police marine unit also responded to the scene.

Chris Stuck-Girard can be reached at
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