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Stamford, Connecticut – At 1:05 pm the Stamford Fire Department responded to a call for help from a boater trapped on a sinking boat in the waters off of Cove Island. Two engines, the fireboat, and deputy chief were assigned to the incident. As ground-based firefighters searched from land, Stamford Fireboat 236 made way to the waters off of Cove Island. In a combined effort between U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island and the 9-1-1 dispatch center, the position of the boat was determined to be approximately 3 miles south of Cove Island. Stamford Fireboat 236, with a crew of four

As ground-based firefighters searched from land, Stamford Fireboat 236 made way to the waters off of Cove Island. In a combined effort between U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island and the 9-1-1 dispatch center, the position of the boat was determined to be approximately 3 miles south of Cove Island. Stamford Fireboat 236, with a crew of four

Stamford Fireboat 236, with a crew of four firefighters. utilized the GPS coordinates determined via the boater’s cell phone to plot a course to the vessel. In less than ten minutes the vessel in distress was located more than halfway to the north shore of Long Island. There was one person in the 13-foot boat fighting a losing battle to bail out water while adrift in 3 to 4-foot seas. Stamford Firefighters on Fireboat 236 were able to rescue the boater and transport him to the West Beach boat dock where he was evaluated by Stamford EMS and released. The Coast Guard followed the fireboat to

The Coast Guard followed the fireboat to port where they conducted their investigation of the incident. The family of the boater was located by the Stamford Park Police and brought to West Beach where they were reunited with the victim. A concerted effort by the Stamford Fire, Police, EMS, 911 Center, and US Coast Guard brought this potentially

A concerted effort by the Stamford Fire, Police, EMS, 911 Center, and US Coast Guard brought this potentially life-threatening incident to a happy ending.

Incident Number: 16-9417
Incident Date: Sunday, November 06, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Incident Location: Long Island Sound 3 miles south of Cove Island

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Stamford Fireboat Rescues Boater in Distress

Posted: November 7, 2016
About the Author: Captain Philip Hayes
Captain Hayes is a 31-year veteran of the Stamford Fire Department. He is currently assigned to the East Side Fire Station #4 on Shippan Avenue. In addition to his regular Fire Officer duties, he is a Public Relations Officer, the developer of the StamfordFire.com website and serves on the Departments' IT Team. He is also an avid fan of Fire Department history.
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