Two Children Rescued Swiftly After Inflatable Goes Adrift Off Dukes County Beach

  • Source: The Vineyard Gazette
  • Published: 06/08/2021 12:29 PM

Two young boys were rescued after their inflatable raft drifted offshore near the big bridge on Beach Road Monday, prompting a flurry of response from public safety officials in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. The children were transported safely to shore unharmed, Oak Bluffs fire chief Nelson Wirtz confirmed Tuesday. Chief Wirtz was among those who responded to the scene. The boys, who appeared to be 10 or younger, according to Chief Wirtz, were on an inflatable raft in the water by the bridge on Beach Road Monday afternoon when heavy wind gusts began pushing the raft and passengers quickly out to sea. The raft drifted quickly offshore, covering nearly 500 yards and still moving at the time of the rescue, Chief Wirtz said. The incident took place on the town line between Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, he said.


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