On Tuesday May 9 at 5:47 p.m. members of the Brewster Fire Department assigned to the Barnstable County Regional Dive Team and Car 231 (Chief Moran) responded to Great Pond in Eastham to assist the Eastham Fire Department with the rescue of a boater in distress and calling for help.
First arriving personnel from Eastham Fire including an underwater diver and Police officers immediately entered the water in rescue mode to search the area where an onshore witness had reported seeing the individual in distress. Unfortunately these first responders were unsuccessful in locating the individual who had disappeared below the water line of the large body of water. Additional resources were called to the scene including the Barnstable County Regional Dive Team, a helicopter from the United States Coast Guard, and rescue boats from Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet. After an extensive search that lasted approximately one hour and fifteen minutes the dive team located the victim about 100 feet off shore in approximately 15 feet of water. Lifesaving efforts were performed and the victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital by Wellfleet Fire and Rescue.
Personnel from the Wellfleet, Orleans, and Brewster Fire Departments along with the regional dive team assisted at the scene and provided coverage at Eastham Fire Headquarters during the incident.