- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

WOODS HOLE, Mass. (AP) - Officials say a boater successfully navigated “treacherous currents” off the coast of Cape Cod this past weekend when he swam half a mile to safety after being thrown from his vessel.

The U.S. Coast Guard was alerted to an unmanned 21-foot boat circling an area near Falmouth’s coast around 10:20 a.m. Sunday. Less than 10 minutes later, employees of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reported the rescue of a man in his late 20s.

The man, who wasn’t identified, was found suffering from a sore shoulder and “mild hypothermia” due to the water’s temperature. He declined to be hospitalized.

Falmouth Fire Captain Greg Clements says the man is lucky that he didn’t get hit by another boat in the heavily-traveled area.

Massachusetts Environmental Police is investigating the incident.



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