One man died and a second suffered life-threatening injures when a 30-foot cigarette-style boat flipped and broke apart near Boston Light in Boston Harbor just after 6:20 p.m. yesterday, police and Coast Guard officials said.
A brave woman watching the accident unfold was the first to assist the injured boaters after swimming to the capsized vessel, they said.
A pleasure craft, in the waters a half-mile north of Point Allerton, also came to assist before the Coast Guard arrived and transported the two men to Pemberton Pier Coast Guard Station, where one was pronounced dead and the other suffering a severe chest injury was flown to a Boston hospital.
The seas were calm and no collision occurred so the cause of the accident is currently unknown, said a Coast Guard spokesman.
The incident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Marine Section, the Coast Guard, and the Massachusetts Environmental Police.