SCITUATE, Massachusetts – The body of a missing 77-year-old woman has been found after a search lasting several hours after a boat capsized in the waters off Scituate, state police said.
Rescue teams as well as the US Coast Guard and mass state police spent hours searching for the woman who went missing on Saturday in the water off the coast.
At around 11 p.m. on Saturday, State Police spokesperson David Procopio said the US Coast Guard recovered the woman’s body shortly before 10 p.m. He directed further questions to the Coast Guard or the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office.
Before the woman’s body was found, neighbors spoke to Boston 25 as crews searched the waters offshore.
“Just finding her would put her family at ease,” said Linda O’Malley, who lives nearby.
Deputy town administrator Jim Boudreau said a boat overturned and two more people made it to land safely.
“It is a very difficult search, it is a difficult place, the mouth of the North River is a very difficult place at the best of times, you have unfavorable winds, you have tides, you have a storm coming up so it’s a very difficult place to boat, never do a search like this, ”said Boudreau.
Scituate Police said they received several 911 calls around 4:37 p.m. Saturday, reporting a boat in distress at the mouth of the North River.
Once the weather changed and the sun set, all dive teams had to suspend their water searches, but Boudreau said sea and air assets planned to continue the search overnight. .
“The environmental police are bringing in some units with a side scan sonar scanner, so all the assets that we can deploy there are tapped,” Boudreau said after sunset.
Before her body was found, neighbors said they prayed that the woman would be found soon.
“It touches home because I’m 71, yeah I feel really bad, devastated. I prayed they would find her, she must be somebody’s grandmother, somebody’s mom, you know, ”O’Malley said.
Massachusetts State Police said their maritime unit, dive team and air wing assisted in the search, as well as environmental police.
Correction: The article originally stated that the woman was 75, according to the USCG. They corrected to say she was 77 years old.
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