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Five people saved from sinking boat in Buzzards Bay

Five people were rescued Sunday morning from a boat that had sunk after hitting a rocky area in Buzzards Bay off Wareham, according to Isaac Perry, Marion’s harbormaster.

Four men and a woman were rescued from the boat by responders from the Wareham Fire Department and the harbormaster’s office after a 911 call came in reporting the sinking, according to Captain Michael Bird, of the fire department.

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“They were in shallow water, must have been 5 feet,” he said. None of the passengers were injured, he said.

He said no one onboard the boat, which was in waters near near Bird Island and Long Beach, was under the influence of alcohol and this appeared to just be an accident.

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“The boat hit a rocky area,” Bird said.

The condition of the boat was unclear, Perry said.

“We have these types of calls during boating season,” he said.

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After the 911 call came in, Perry said, his office’s response time was about 15 minutes.

Perry wanted to warn boaters to be aware of their surroundings so they can prevent accidents and call in any problems they witness.

Allana J. Barefield can be reached at allana.barefield@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at Allana_B18
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