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Boater Rescued From Sinking Vessel By Stamford Fire's Marine Unit

Stamford Fire Department marine unit rescues boater from Long Island Sound.
Stamford Fire Department marine unit rescues boater from Long Island Sound. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A boater was bailing fast but fighting a losing battle as his 13-foot vessel was sinking in Long Island Sound off the coast of Cove Island on Sunday afternoon.

That is until help arrived in the form of the Stamford Fire Department’s Fireboat 236 and plucked him from the boat early Sunday afternoon.

The Stamford Fire Department responded to the man’s distress call at about 1 p.m. The firefighters used GPS coordinates from the man’s cellphone to plot a course to him a few miles south of Cove Island.

They found him bailing his boat in three- to four-foot seas more than halfway to the north shore of Long Island, N.Y.

The man was taken back to West Beach boat dock in Stamford, where he was reunited with his family. The man was treated and released by Stamford EMS at the scene.

The boat was towed back by the fire department boat.

The fire department didn’t release the man’s age, name or where he lived — or on the condition of the boat.

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