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Boater’s Body Found In Nauset Inlet

Cape Cod National Seashore

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On the morning of July 10th, a 17-foot center console fishing boat was found, motor still running at full throttle, on the spit at Coast Guard Beach. The boat’s grounding was just north of Nauset Inlet, where it had been seen about an hour earlier. At that time, the boat was occupied by one person and was going through the Nauset Marsh channel in an attempt to enter the inlet to reach the open ocean. The operator was having difficulty going through the inlet due to a strong incoming tide and winds that were causing a strong chop. It appeared that the boat made it through the inlet, but a 911 call was made because it was now grounded and without an operator. A two-hour search ensued that involved park lifeguards and rangers, the Coast Guard (a helicopter, a Falcon jet and three boats), and Orleans and Eastham rescue vessel. It resulted in the discovery of the body of Donald Holborn, 60, of Medfield, Massachusetts, who a summer resident of Orleans. His body was found on a hummock inside the inlet. Holborn was not wearing a life jacket. The Massachusetts State Police, Eastham PD, and the park are continuing the investigation. Ranger Jay Kolodzinski is the lead for the NPS.


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