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UPDATE: Young Boy Dies after Rescue from Capsized Vessel

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES by on July 31, 2017 0 Comments • views: 560

A boy pulled from the water when a vessel capsized last week near Hog Island Channel in Buzzards’ Bay has died.

Harry O’Connor was a third-grader at Nixon Elementary School in Sudbury. Superintendent Anne Wilson sent an e-mail over the weekend expressing her condolences over the young man’s death.

The young boy was unresponsive when he was pulled from the water last Wednesday. Rescuers administered CPR and he was brought to Tobey Hospital in Wareham, and then flown to Boston. He was wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.

Read the message from Sudbury Superintendent of Schools Anne Wilson:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dear SPS Families,

It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I share with you the untimely death of Harry O’Connor, third-grader at Nixon Elementary.  Harry and his family were involved in a boating accident earlier in the week.  Please join me in extending sympathy and care for the entire O’Connor family, including Harry’s parents Laura and Paudie, and his siblings Ellen, Charlie and Joe.

The O’Connor family would like to thank the community for their support which has been a huge comfort to them at this difficult time.

We expect the service will be held at the Our Lady of Fatima Church before the family returns to Ireland. Information on the service will be provided once arrangements have been finalized.

Nothing compares to the grief and sadness of losing a child.  While the family is the most impacted, many others share in the profound sadness of this tragic event.  Adults and children may each experience the news of Harry’s death in very different ways.  We will have counselors available between 1pm and 3pm tomorrow (Monday 7/31) at both Nixon Elementary and Curtis Middle School.  In addition, please see the resources below:

Community Resources:

Mental Health Referrals: William James Interface Referral Service, this confidential referral service is available to all Sudbury families, 888-244-6843MondayFriday 9am-5pm

Urgent Care/Crisis: Advocates Psychiatric Emergency Services, this team provides support, resources, services at their clinic, in homes, schools or other community settings, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 508-872-3333


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Anne Wilson

Superintendent of Schools

Read the original release from the Coast Guard: 

BOSTON — The Coast Guard, Buzzard’s Bay Task Force, other government agencies, and good Samaritans have rescued 12 people from the water after a sail boat overturned near Hog Island Channel. 

A good Samaritan called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England, at about 4:40 p.m., reporting that an 18-foot sail boat overturned and 12 people were in the water.

The good Samaritan also reported the boat appeared to be overloaded with passengers and it was struggling against the waves. 

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape and a 45-foot boat crew from Station Cape Cod Canal launched.

When the 45-foot boat crew arrived on scene, a good Samaritan aboard the Disco Volante had recovered nine of the 12 people from the water. 

The Coast Guard and local government agency crews recovered the other three people from the water.

One child is injured and has been taken to Tobey Hospital. 

It was reported the child was wearing a life jacket.

The 45-foot boat crew is escorting the Disco Volante to Massachusetts Maritime Academy. 

“It is recommended that mariners verify the max amount of horsepower and capacity a vessel can handle before going underway,” said Scott Bacholm, command duty officer at Sector Southeastern New England. 

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