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(Stamford, CT) – At 12:31 the Stamford Fire Department, Stamford EMS and Stamford Police Department were dispatched to the area of Long Island Sound near Ocean Drive North for a boater in distress.
Engine 4, Rescue 1, Medic 3, the on duty Deputy Chief and a Safety Officer arrived on the beach in the area of 42 Ocean Drive North and established a Command Post. Engine 5 responded to staff Stamford Fire Boat #236 and then proceeded to the scene, around Shippan Point. Units on shore were able to make visual contact with the boater who was anchored about 300 yards off shore in heavy seas and directed both the fire and police marine units to the correct location.
On arrival to the scene, Stamford Fire boat #236 assessed the situation and determined that the boater had suffered an engine failure of his ridged hull inflatable boat. Due to the rough seas and strong winds, the boater was removed the disabled boat which was left anchored in place. The boater was brought aboard Stamford Fire Boat #236 with the assistance of the Stamford Marine Police unit and taken to West Beach where Medic 3 was standing by to assess for any injuries or medical problems of the rescued boater. Stamford EMS Medic 3 evaluated the boater for injuries and hypothermia, but was not transported to the Emergency Department.
There were no injuries to any responding emergency personnel.
The US Coast Guard was notified of the event, but their assistance was not required.