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Officials: Multiple agencies assist in finding body of missing Massachusetts boater



Photo courtesy of Town of Harwich

A missing Massachusetts boater has been found dead.

According to the Harwich Fire Department, the Harwich Police Department requested the HFD to respond to Saquatucket Harbor at 3:50 a.m. this morning to assist with searching for a missing boater. The boater, who was planning on fishing with family this morning, was last seen last night as he headed to the boat to prepare for the trip.

A search of the area showed signs that the boater had been on the boat and may have fallen overboard. A Tier 1 activation of the Barnstable County Dive team was requested to assist with the search. Subsequently, a Tier 2 was requested to ensure enough divers were available for the operation.

Divers entered the water to begin their search at 5:40 a.m. under difficult conditions due to visibility and obstacles. At approximately 6:10 a.m., divers found the missing boater in the water under his boat.

The incident is under investigation by the Harwich Police and the Massachusetts State Police.

Harwich Harbormaster, Harwich Police, Barnstable County Regional Dive Team (Chatham, Brewster, Yarmouth, Hyannis, Sandwich Fire Department Divers), Dennis Fire Department, and Providence Canteen assisted in the search.

The victim’s name has not been released.

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