44 people rescued after high tide traps them on breakwall

Some of those rescued had minor injuries

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — More than 40 people have been rescued after becoming stranded on a breakwall during high tide at an historic Massachusetts coastal resort town.

Dozens were walking along a scenic footpath on the rock wall at Provincetown when they became stranded Sunday afternoon and several ended up in the water.

The Coast Guard says its crew, the Provincetown harbormaster, and local emergency responders coordinated the rescue, picking up 44 people by boat and safely returning them to shore. Some had minor injuries.

Pete Swartz, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, who was on the breakwall, told NECN that two children and their mother were swept into the water and a family member jumped in to help. Swartz said he and his father then got in the water and helped them get to shore.

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