On Sunday September 20 at 6:40 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to Crosby Landing for a reported sailboat with a raised sail that had run aground approximately one half mile east of Crosby Beach. Multiple Brewster apparatus including the Brewster rapid launch inflatable Zodiac boat under the direction of Captain Chris Flavell responded to the location.
On arrival fire department personnel removed the boat above the high tide line and quickly determined it had no registration numbers or markings that could assist in identifying its owner. Fortunately, the boat did have a partially visible Eastham Harbormaster sticker on the bow and an investigation through that office confirmed the boat had been last seen by the Eastham Harbormaster on Boat Meadow Beach the day before with an intact sail.
Car 231 (Fire Chief Moran) arrived on scene and assumed command of the incident with Captain Flavell assigned as the Operations Officer. Due to the high probability that the vessel may have been occupied, weather conditions at the time, and the approaching darkness a beach, water, and air search was initiated by command.
Brewster firefighters using their all-terrain vehicle (ATV) began a search of the beach and the Orleans and Eastham Fire Departments were also requested to conduct a search of their shoreline. In addition to the beach search a Coast Guard vessel from Cape Cod Canal station responded to the scene to conduct a water search and the Massachusetts State Police Air Unit responded with a helicopter for an air search of the area.
After searching a total of 24 square miles of ocean by air and boat and more than seven miles of coast line the extensive search found no evidence of missing person(s) in the water and was concluded at approximately 9:00 p.m.