BOSTON — Just in time, a Boston Police Department harbor patrol unit rescued a father and son who had been desperately holding on to a drink cooler on the outer shores of Boston Harbor after their lobster boat sank.
Officers Stephen Merrick and Garrett Boyle responded to the call of the boat fetching water at around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday near Graves Light Station, police said in a statement. The privately owned lighthouse is on a rocky island about 9 miles from the coast.
When approached, officers saw only a small part of the bow of the Glory Days boat above the water, but as they got closer, they saw the two men holding on to the blue cooler bobbing about.
“You could see the fear on their faces,” said Merrick. “They’re cold. They look very tired and weak.”
The dramatic rescue was captured on police body camera video.
“We are so weak,” the younger man was heard saying.
He then asked officers to rescue his 76-year-old father, who was wearing a life jacket.
“Please help him up,” he said. “Help him wake up first.”
The younger man, holding a life jacket, was later pulled into the police boat by officers.
The men said their 28-foot-long engine caught on lobster rope and failed. The current pushed the boat into the rocks and punched a hole in the hull, police said.
The men were taken to the beach where emergency medical technicians treated them for minor injuries. Their boat was pulled from the scene.