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Stratford Marine Units Deploy to Help Boat in Distress

A 30-foot boat is reportedly aground on the Housatonic River with five people on board.

Stratford's marine rescue units from both the police and fire departments are on their way to rescue a boat in distress.

According to information transmitted over the scanner, a 30-foot boat is aground on the Housatonic River with five people on board. The fire department also shared this information on its Facebook page.

This is the third water rescue that the departments have responded to in two days. .

Chris August 20, 2012 at 01:20 AM
What a terrible waste of taxpayer resources! Nobody was hurt, the boat wasn't sinking. He ran aground at dead low tide (probably on the wrong side of the buoy too). Either spend the money and call Sea Tow, or sit there and wait a few hours for the tide to come in, put the outdrive up and back off. It's embarrassing enough to run aground, but it's not an emergency. Why make it worse by having all that rescue personal standing by laughing at you?
Tom M August 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
woah wow. thats why no one.
Frank Stein August 21, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Has anyone questioned the competence of the Stratford FD boat operators? An eye witness told me they ran their boat up onto a dock and then into something else (another boat?) before they could get it out of the marina. Take that boat away from them! Waste of Tax Dollars!
Stan Hands August 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Frank those are some serious claims to make when the information to make from a third hand account of which you did not witness. What first hand information do you have to discredit the FD boat operators? I am sure if one of the numerous lives, the FD and PD marine units have saved in the last few years, was yours or that of a loved one you would be singing a different tune. I am sure if the FD boat did run into a dock and/or boat there would be an accident report and insurance claim from those that suffered damage. Do you have copies of those?

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