Four Coast Guard crew members were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after two 29’ tactical boats collided Wednesday during training near Falmouth, Mass.

The crews were maneuvering in Buzzards Bay when the collision occurred Wednesday afternoon. Photos released by Coast Guard officials showed one boat with heavy damage to its port side, the cabin partially crushed.

The collision inflicted heavy damage to the boat cabin. Coast Guard photo.

The collision inflicted heavy damage to the boat cabin. Coast Guard photo.

Both boats were able to return under their own power to the Coast Guard station at Woods Hole, Mass., where crews from Falmouth Emergency Medical Services met them at the dock and transported the injured crew members to Falmouth Hospital for evaluation, according to a Coast Guard statement.

“The safety of our crew is a top priority and we are grateful the injuries were not more serious,” said Lt. Cmdr. Anna Hart, commanding officer of the Maritime Safety and Security Team Cape Cod. “While high-speed and tactical maneuvers are normal operations for our skilled team, we will take the lessons learned today and apply them in our future evolutions.”

The MSST Cape Cod unit has 51 members equipped with 29’ response boats, a remote operated vehicle and additional law enforcement equipment. Their mission is to safeguard the public and protect vessels, harbors, ports, facilities and cargo.

Contributing Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been an editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for over 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.