Over the past two weeks, six fishermen and swimmers have had to be rescued from the water at Great Point on Nantucket. The Trustees of Reservations (the refuge managers at Great Point) needs your help. Three of the rescues required the intervention of the Coast Guard and local Charterboats and the other three individuals were rescued by our rangers who used a throw-bag line. Great Point can be a treacherous place to wade. Use common sense. The water which flows past the Point is swift and while the surface may apper calm it holds the potential of pulling unsuspecting swimmers and wading fishermen offshore without warning.
Think seriously about using inflatable belts or vests before wading in. Also, while our ranger patrols are being stepped-up at Great Point, please help us by advising swimmers, especially kids, to stay out of the water at the Point. Swimming a couple of hundred yards on either side of Great Point is fine--but not in the rip! Let's see if we can't work together to save a life.