Boater Rescued https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/ Boater Rescued Missing boater found alive Empty Boat Found Washed Ashore Updated: Saturday, 18 May 2013, 8:38 AM EDT Published : Saturday, 18 May 2013, 5:41 AM EDT By James O'Leary FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) -- The search for a missing boater in Fairhaven is over. The U.S. Coast Guard tells Eyewitness News 57 year old Gary Alves of East Freetown was found alive just before 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Officials say he was found walking on a beach near Hoppy's Landing -- not far from where he originally set sail. Alves told investigators he was hit in the head by the boom of his boat, and knocked unconscious. When he woke up, he was lying in a marsh. Police say Alves left work around 12:30 p.m. Friday for an afternoon sail. He was last heard from around 2:30 p.m. when he called work to say he was running behind, and would be back later than expected. One of his employees called police when he did not return to work. An officer found his empty boat washed ashore on West Island town beach later that evening. A cell phone and a bag containing some of his belongings was found inside the vessel. The police and fire departments from Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Mattapoisett -- as well as the Coast Guard all assisted in the search, which continued through the night in the waters around West Island. The Fairhaven police are investigating the incident. Alves was taken to St. Lukes Hospital in New Bedford to be checked out. Right now there's no word on his condition. Copyright WPRI https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468152 179468152 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468153 179468153 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468154 179468154 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468155 179468155 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468156 179468156 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468157 179468157 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468158 179468158 Bi l l for Fairhaven search cou ld hit $200,000 By CURT BROWN cbrown@s-t.com FAIRHAVEN - Last weekend's extensive, 12-hour search for a New Bedford chiropractor could cost between $100,000 and $200,000, police said. New Bedford police Sgt. Jill Sim­mons, director of port security, esti­mated the total costs of the search for Gary Alves will cost the Coast Guard, state Department of Environ­mental Police and SouthCoast com­munities more than $150,000 and close to $200,000 because the land, sea and air effort was so extensive. "I bet it will be north of $150,000," she said. Sgt. Kevin Kobza, public infor­mation officer for the Fairhaven Police Department, said conserva­tively the final price tag will be"over $100,000." In Fairhaven alone, Fire Chief Tim­othy Francis said the cost to the town will be somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000. "It's going to be substantial," he said, explaining many of his person­nel were on overtime. "It's going to cost the town a little bit of money." The department had its fire boat with three firefighters/paramedics in the water as well as 10 additional personnel on the shore. "It happened in our town so we set up the command post," he said. Public safety officials based their estimates on the number of rescue boats and the Coast Guard helicop­ter, cutter and two response boats that participated in the rescue, which started about 6 p.m. Friday and ended approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard deployed a heli­copter from Air Station Cape Cod; the 87-foot cutter Tiger Shark, based in Woods Hole, and two 47-foot response boats, one based at Woods Hole, the other at Menemsha, accord­ing to Petty Officer Robert Simpson. He could not estimate the cost of the search to the Coast Guard. Simmons said boats and personnel from the state Department of Envi­ronmental Police; the Marion, Matta­poisett and Fairhaven harbormasters; Fairhaven shellfish warden and Fire Department, and the New Bedford Fire Department all participated in the sea search, while two al-terrain vehicles from the Southeastern Mas­sachusetts Law Enforcement Council Search and Rescue Team searched marshes for Alves. New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes estimated the costs for fuel and overtime costs for his three fire­fighters will be about $1,100. Simmons said New Bedford police did not launch its police boat and she was on the water with the environ­mental police. The search began when Alves' Hobie pontoon boat, a cross between a kayak and a sailboat, washed onto West Island town beach about 5:30 p.m. with no one aboard. His cellphone and a small bag with his personal belongings were in the boat. Alves was found about 5:30 a.m. walking up the beach at West Island near Hoppy's Landing when he flagged down a Fairhaven officer, according to Kobza. Alves was trans­ported to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford for observation. Louis Carlesi, who identified him­self as a family friend, said Monday that Alves was still at the hospital when The Standard-Times called the chiropractor's home. It could not be determined Mon­day from hospital officials whether Alves was a patient there. Stephanie Poyant, a spokeswoman, said she had"no information"about him. She explained that means he either was not a patient or had "opted out" of being included on the hospital list. Although Fairhaven police said the Coast Guard is investigating the circumstances of the incident, Simp­son said no decision has been made whether to begin an official probe. "There is time to make a decision on that," he said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468159 179468159 Bi l l for Fairhaven search cou ld hit $200,000 By CURT BROWN cbrown@s-t.com FAIRHAVEN - Last weekend's extensive, 12-hour search for a New Bedford chiropractor could cost between $100,000 and $200,000, police said. New Bedford police Sgt. Jill Sim­mons, director of port security, esti­mated the total costs of the search for Gary Alves will cost the Coast Guard, state Department of Environ­mental Police and SouthCoast com­munities more than $150,000 and close to $200,000 because the land, sea and air effort was so extensive. "I bet it will be north of $150,000," she said. Sgt. Kevin Kobza, public infor­mation officer for the Fairhaven Police Department, said conserva­tively the final price tag will be"over $100,000." In Fairhaven alone, Fire Chief Tim­othy Francis said the cost to the town will be somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000. "It's going to be substantial," he said, explaining many of his person­nel were on overtime. "It's going to cost the town a little bit of money." The department had its fire boat with three firefighters/paramedics in the water as well as 10 additional personnel on the shore. "It happened in our town so we set up the command post," he said. Public safety officials based their estimates on the number of rescue boats and the Coast Guard helicop­ter, cutter and two response boats that participated in the rescue, which started about 6 p.m. Friday and ended approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard deployed a heli­copter from Air Station Cape Cod; the 87-foot cutter Tiger Shark, based in Woods Hole, and two 47-foot response boats, one based at Woods Hole, the other at Menemsha, accord­ing to Petty Officer Robert Simpson. He could not estimate the cost of the search to the Coast Guard. Simmons said boats and personnel from the state Department of Envi­ronmental Police; the Marion, Matta­poisett and Fairhaven harbormasters; Fairhaven shellfish warden and Fire Department, and the New Bedford Fire Department all participated in the sea search, while two al-terrain vehicles from the Southeastern Mas­sachusetts Law Enforcement Council Search and Rescue Team searched marshes for Alves. New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes estimated the costs for fuel and overtime costs for his three fire­fighters will be about $1,100. Simmons said New Bedford police did not launch its police boat and she was on the water with the environ­mental police. The search began when Alves' Hobie pontoon boat, a cross between a kayak and a sailboat, washed onto West Island town beach about 5:30 p.m. with no one aboard. His cellphone and a small bag with his personal belongings were in the boat. Alves was found about 5:30 a.m. walking up the beach at West Island near Hoppy's Landing when he flagged down a Fairhaven officer, according to Kobza. Alves was trans­ported to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford for observation. Louis Carlesi, who identified him­self as a family friend, said Monday that Alves was still at the hospital when The Standard-Times called the chiropractor's home. It could not be determined Mon­day from hospital officials whether Alves was a patient there. Stephanie Poyant, a spokeswoman, said she had"no information"about him. She explained that means he either was not a patient or had "opted out" of being included on the hospital list. Although Fairhaven police said the Coast Guard is investigating the circumstances of the incident, Simp­son said no decision has been made whether to begin an official probe. "There is time to make a decision on that," he said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468160 179468160 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468161 179468161 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468162 179468162 Bi l l for Fairhaven search cou ld hit $200,000 By CURT BROWN cbrown@s-t.com FAIRHAVEN - Last weekend's extensive, 12-hour search for a New Bedford chiropractor could cost between $100,000 and $200,000, police said. New Bedford police Sgt. Jill Sim­mons, director of port security, esti­mated the total costs of the search for Gary Alves will cost the Coast Guard, state Department of Environ­mental Police and SouthCoast com­munities more than $150,000 and close to $200,000 because the land, sea and air effort was so extensive. "I bet it will be north of $150,000," she said. Sgt. Kevin Kobza, public infor­mation officer for the Fairhaven Police Department, said conserva­tively the final price tag will be"over $100,000." In Fairhaven alone, Fire Chief Tim­othy Francis said the cost to the town will be somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000. "It's going to be substantial," he said, explaining many of his person­nel were on overtime. "It's going to cost the town a little bit of money." The department had its fire boat with three firefighters/paramedics in the water as well as 10 additional personnel on the shore. "It happened in our town so we set up the command post," he said. Public safety officials based their estimates on the number of rescue boats and the Coast Guard helicop­ter, cutter and two response boats that participated in the rescue, which started about 6 p.m. Friday and ended approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard deployed a heli­copter from Air Station Cape Cod; the 87-foot cutter Tiger Shark, based in Woods Hole, and two 47-foot response boats, one based at Woods Hole, the other at Menemsha, accord­ing to Petty Officer Robert Simpson. He could not estimate the cost of the search to the Coast Guard. Simmons said boats and personnel from the state Department of Envi­ronmental Police; the Marion, Matta­poisett and Fairhaven harbormasters; Fairhaven shellfish warden and Fire Department, and the New Bedford Fire Department all participated in the sea search, while two al-terrain vehicles from the Southeastern Mas­sachusetts Law Enforcement Council Search and Rescue Team searched marshes for Alves. New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes estimated the costs for fuel and overtime costs for his three fire­fighters will be about $1,100. Simmons said New Bedford police did not launch its police boat and she was on the water with the environ­mental police. The search began when Alves' Hobie pontoon boat, a cross between a kayak and a sailboat, washed onto West Island town beach about 5:30 p.m. with no one aboard. His cellphone and a small bag with his personal belongings were in the boat. Alves was found about 5:30 a.m. walking up the beach at West Island near Hoppy's Landing when he flagged down a Fairhaven officer, according to Kobza. Alves was trans­ported to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford for observation. Louis Carlesi, who identified him­self as a family friend, said Monday that Alves was still at the hospital when The Standard-Times called the chiropractor's home. It could not be determined Mon­day from hospital officials whether Alves was a patient there. Stephanie Poyant, a spokeswoman, said she had "no information" about him. She explained that means he either was not a patient or had "opted out" of being included on the hospital list. Although Fairhaven police said the Coast Guard is investigating the circumstances of the incident, Simp­son said no decision has been made whether to begin an official probe. "There is time to make a decision on that," he said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468163 179468163 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468164 179468164 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468165 179468165 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468166 179468166 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468167 179468167 Emergency Personnel Gather Bi l l for Fairhaven search cou ld hit $200,000 Bi l l for Fairhaven search cou ld hit $200,000 By CURT BROWN cbrown@s-t.com FAIRHAVEN - Last weekend's extensive, 12-hour search for a New Bedford chiropractor could cost between $100,000 and $200,000, police said. New Bedford police Sgt. Jill Sim­mons, director of port security, esti­mated the total costs of the search for Gary Alves will cost the Coast Guard, state Department of Environ­mental Police and SouthCoast com­munities more than $150,000 and close to $200,000 because the land, sea and air effort was so extensive. "I bet it will be north of $150,000," she said. Sgt. Kevin Kobza, public infor­mation officer for the Fairhaven Police Department, said conserva­tively the final price tag will be"over $100,000." In Fairhaven alone, Fire Chief Tim­othy Francis said the cost to the town will be somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000. "It's going to be substantial," he said, explaining many of his person­nel were on overtime. "It's going to cost the town a little bit of money." The department had its fire boat with three firefighters/paramedics in the water as well as 10 additional personnel on the shore. "It happened in our town so we set up the command post," he said. Public safety officials based their estimates on the number of rescue boats and the Coast Guard helicop­ter, cutter and two response boats that participated in the rescue, which started about 6 p.m. Friday and ended approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard deployed a heli­copter from Air Station Cape Cod; the 87-foot cutter Tiger Shark, based in Woods Hole, and two 47-foot response boats, one based at Woods Hole, the other at Menemsha, accord­ing to Petty Officer Robert Simpson. He could not estimate the cost of the search to the Coast Guard. Simmons said boats and personnel from the state Department of Envi­ronmental Police; the Marion, Matta­poisett and Fairhaven harbormasters; Fairhaven shellfish warden and Fire Department, and the New Bedford Fire Department all participated in the sea search, while two al-terrain vehicles from the Southeastern Mas­sachusetts Law Enforcement Council Search and Rescue Team searched marshes for Alves. New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes estimated the costs for fuel and overtime costs for his three fire­fighters will be about $1,100. Simmons said New Bedford police did not launch its police boat and she was on the water with the environ­mental police. The search began when Alves' Hobie pontoon boat, a cross between a kayak and a sailboat, washed onto West Island town beach about 5:30 p.m. with no one aboard. His cellphone and a small bag with his personal belongings were in the boat. Alves was found about 5:30 a.m. walking up the beach at West Island near Hoppy's Landing when he flagged down a Fairhaven officer, according to Kobza. Alves was trans­ported to St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford for observation. Louis Carlesi, who identified him­self as a family friend, said Monday that Alves was still at the hospital when The Standard-Times called the chiropractor's home. It could not be determined Mon­day from hospital officials whether Alves was a patient there. Stephanie Poyant, a spokeswoman, said she had"no information"about him. She explained that means he either was not a patient or had "opted out" of being included on the hospital list. Although Fairhaven police said the Coast Guard is investigating the circumstances of the incident, Simp­son said no decision has been made whether to begin an official probe. "There is time to make a decision on that," he said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468168 179468168 Relieved Fire Chief Fairhaven Fire Chief Timothy Francis relayed the good news that the missing boater was found and ordered a stand down to all search and rescue teams. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468169 179468169 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468170 179468170 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468171 179468171 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468172 179468172 Missing boater found alive after missing for over 15 hours. Boater located at Hoppy's Landing 530AM (5-18-2013) by Fairhaven Police. Gary Alves of East Freetown found alive after he was reported missing off West Island yesterday afternoon.Exclusive photos by MLBaron of The West Island Weather Station. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179468173 179468173 West Island Weather Station SkyCam NiteVision - 2103 HRS Town Beach - scene was active: West Island Weather Station Data Log for time of incident/call at 1430HRS: Wind SSE at 12MPH - predominant wind direction continues SSE 12MPH as of 2052HRS. West Island Ocean Temp is 58.8 Town Beach scene still active - multi agencies.Bi l l for Fairhaven search cou ld hit $200,000 By CURT BROWN cbrown@s-t.com FAIRHAVEN ? Last weekend?s extensive, 12-hour search for a New Bedford chiropractor could cost between $100,000 and $200,000, police said. New Bedford police Sgt. Jill Sim­mons, director of port security, esti­mated the total costs of the search for Gary Alves will cost the Coast Guard, state Department of Environ­mental Police and SouthCoast com­munities more than $150,000 and close to $200,000 because the land, sea and air effort was so extensive. ?I bet it will be north of $150,000,? she said. Sgt. Kevin Kobza, public infor­mation officer for the Fairhaven Police Department, said conserva­tively the final price tag will be?over $100,000.? In Fairhaven alone, Fire ChiefTim­othy Francis said the cost to the town will be somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000. ?It?s going to be substantial,? he said, explaining many of his person­nel were on overtime. ?It?s going to cost the town a little bit of money.? The department had its fire boat with three firefighters/paramedics in the water as well as 10 additional personnel on the shore. ?It happened in our town so we set up the command post,?he said. Public safety officials based their estimates on the number of rescue boats and the Coast Guard helicop­ter, cutter and two response boats that participated in the rescue, which started about 6 p.m. Friday and ended approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard deployed a heli­copter from Air Station Cape Cod; the 87-foot cutter Tiger Shark, based in Woods Hole, and two 47-foot response boats, one based at Woods Hole, the other at Menemsha, accord­ing to Petty Officer Robert Simpson. He could not estimate the cost of the search to the Coast Guard. Simmons said boats and personnel from the state Department of Envi­ronmental Police; the Marion, Matta­poisett and Fairhaven harbormasters; Fairhaven shellfish warden and Fire Department, and the New Bedford Fire Department all participated in the sea search, while two al-terrain vehicles from the Southeastern Mas­sachusetts Law Enforcement Council Search and Rescue Team searched marshes for Alves. New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes estimated the costs for fuel and overtime costs for his three fire­fighters will be about $1,100. Simmons said New Bedford police did not launch its police boat and she was on the water with the environ­mental police. The search began when Alves? Hobie pontoon boat, a cross between a kayak and a sailboat, washed onto West Island town beach about 5:30 p.m. with no one aboard. His cellphone and a small bag with his personal belongings were in the boat. Alves was found about 5:30 a.m. walking up the beach at West Island near Hoppy?s Landing when he flagged down a Fairhaven officer, according to Kobza. Alves was trans­ported to St. Luke?s Hospital in New Bedford for observation. Louis Carlesi, who identified him­self as a family friend, said Monday that Alves was still at the hospital when The Standard-Times called the chiropractor?s home. It could not be determined Mon­day from hospital officials whether Alves was a patient there. Stephanie Poyant, a spokeswoman, said she had?no information?about him. She explained that means he either was not a patient or had ?opted out? of being included on the hospital list. Although Fairhaven police said the Coast Guard is investigating the circumstances of the incident, Simp­son said no decision has been made whether to begin an official probe. ?There is time to make a decision on that,?he said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179471815 179471815 WEST ISLAND: Fairhaven Police/Fire Coast Guard, Harbormaster, Shellfish involved Search/rescue from West Island South Point - scene active - witness stated Kayakerwas in distress - seen from 32 Balsam St. West Island Weather Station SkyCam was active in search ? at West Island. Bi l l for Fairhaven search cou ld hit $200,000 By CURT BROWN cbrown@s-t.com FAIRHAVEN ? Last weekend?s extensive, 12-hour search for a New Bedford chiropractor could cost between $100,000 and $200,000, police said. New Bedford police Sgt. Jill Sim­mons, director of port security, esti­mated the total costs of the search for Gary Alves will cost the Coast Guard, state Department of Environ­mental Police and SouthCoast com­munities more than $150,000 and close to $200,000 because the land, sea and air effort was so extensive. ?I bet it will be north of $150,000,? she said. Sgt. Kevin Kobza, public infor­mation officer for the Fairhaven Police Department, said conserva­tively the final price tag will be?over $100,000.? In Fairhaven alone, Fire ChiefTim­othy Francis said the cost to the town will be somewhere between $4,000 and $5,000. ?It?s going to be substantial,? he said, explaining many of his person­nel were on overtime. ?It?s going to cost the town a little bit of money.? The department had its fire boat with three firefighters/paramedics in the water as well as 10 additional personnel on the shore. ?It happened in our town so we set up the command post,?he said. Public safety officials based their estimates on the number of rescue boats and the Coast Guard helicop­ter, cutter and two response boats that participated in the rescue, which started about 6 p.m. Friday and ended approximately 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The Coast Guard deployed a heli­copter from Air Station Cape Cod; the 87-foot cutter Tiger Shark, based in Woods Hole, and two 47-foot response boats, one based at Woods Hole, the other at Menemsha, accord­ing to Petty Officer Robert Simpson. He could not estimate the cost of the search to the Coast Guard. Simmons said boats and personnel from the state Department of Envi­ronmental Police; the Marion, Matta­poisett and Fairhaven harbormasters; Fairhaven shellfish warden and Fire Department, and the New Bedford Fire Department all participated in the sea search, while two al-terrain vehicles from the Southeastern Mas­sachusetts Law Enforcement Council Search and Rescue Team searched marshes for Alves. New Bedford Fire Chief Michael Gomes estimated the costs for fuel and overtime costs for his three fire­fighters will be about $1,100. Simmons said New Bedford police did not launch its police boat and she was on the water with the environ­mental police. The search began when Alves? Hobie pontoon boat, a cross between a kayak and a sailboat, washed onto West Island town beach about 5:30 p.m. with no one aboard. His cellphone and a small bag with his personal belongings were in the boat. Alves was found about 5:30 a.m. walking up the beach at West Island near Hoppy?s Landing when he flagged down a Fairhaven officer, according to Kobza. Alves was trans­ported to St. Luke?s Hospital in New Bedford for observation. Louis Carlesi, who identified him­self as a family friend, said Monday that Alves was still at the hospital when The Standard-Times called the chiropractor?s home. It could not be determined Mon­day from hospital officials whether Alves was a patient there. Stephanie Poyant, a spokeswoman, said she had?no information?about him. She explained that means he either was not a patient or had ?opted out? of being included on the hospital list. Although Fairhaven police said the Coast Guard is investigating the circumstances of the incident, Simp­son said no decision has been made whether to begin an official probe. ?There is time to make a decision on that,?he said. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179471816 179471816 West Island Weather Station Data Log Data log for weather conditions at the time of the incident https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179574098 179574098 West Island Nautical Chart The chart shows were the abandoned boat was found at Town Beach (center) https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=179574099 179574099