Coast Guard Rescues Swimmer Who Was Lost at Sea
By: Kyle West, Xiro Xone News October 14, 2016 Updated: 2:12 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 58-year-old man who was lost at sea for nearly four hours after getting swept away by rip currents off Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
The rescued man, Randall Hackett, had gone out for a swim with his 28-year-old son-in-law, Alexander Auerbach, around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Ipswich Police Department.
Both men were experienced swimmers and were wearing wet suits. They entered the water where Crane Beach and Steep Hill Beach meet at about 5:30 p.m. Family members went to the beach when they did not return and called 911.
Auerbach eventually made it back to shore around 7:30 p.m., police said. Auerbach reportedly told authorities that he and Hackett had been separated by rip currents and fog that caused near-zero visibility.
After an hour of searching, a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod spotted Hackett in the water. He was hoisted into the aircraft and taken to shore.
The Coast Guard said in a press release: "water temperatures are rapidly dropping, meteorological conditions continue to deteriorate as the weather turns colder, and all mariners and swimmers should exercise appropriate caution in light of these season-changing hazards."
Hackett was then flown back to shore, where he was reunited with family before being transported by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation.