Fire station rescues boat outside city harbour

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Passengers aboard a sinking boat outside Charlottetown harbour were rescued by city firefighters early Canada Day morning.

Personnel from Charlottetown Fire Department Station #1performed the rescue and assisted both passengers and vessel safely to shore.

Deputy chief Tim Mamye said the station received a call at approximately 2:04 a.m. Monday of a pleasure craft vessel located approximately  eight nautical miles outside the harbour that was taking on water.

A crew of three firefighters was sent out on the station’s rescue vessel.

“We located it (the boat) and assisted with stopping the water intake,” said Mamye.

The station also helped the boat make it back to the harbour.

There were no injuries in the incident.

Mamye said he was unsure how many passengers were on the boat.

Organizations: Charlottetown Fire Department Station

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Helen Hebb
    July 02, 2013 - 18:48

    Ok a few little things are missing. First the three of us on the boat were my husband , myself and our 10 year old son. Woke up around 2 and saw there was about about a foot of water in our cabin. We started using the handpump but couldnt keep up. We had not turned on the cabin lights we were using flashlights that is why I simply used the cell to call 911. Did not even think of the marine channel.. we were a bit scared and used what was fastest for us. Fire department found us first but the Coast Guard and another rescue boat were there a few minutes later. We had found the hole and put in an emergency plug and were pumping out the water ourselves when they all arrived. Once we had all the water out they accompanied us to Charlottetown. Thank you very much to all who came out and the Charlottetown Yacht Club for their assistance . We are very grateful.

    • intobed
      July 02, 2013 - 19:24

      Glad you and your family are ok Helen. Glad that the boat was saved too. It is a terrifying thing to wake up in the middle of the night and discover your boat is taking on water. Kudos to all who were there to assist you.

    • mariner
      July 04, 2013 - 06:04

      Good thing you had cell coverage that far off shore. No marine radio?

  • Fed Up
    July 02, 2013 - 14:11

    Why is my earlier comment not entered here? One where I stated it was COAST GUARD who responded to sinking boat early yesterday morning. I know FOR A FACT that the Coast Guard - with 3 people (2 men, 1 woman) went and rescued this sinking boat. I don't like that the fire department is swallowing all the credit - they were there, but they didn't "save the boat"....strange Mayme didn't know how many people on the boat if they were there??? Coast Guard got the cal - went out and rescued them...pumped the water out of the sinking boat.........firemen there but they should be giving CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE!!!! if you want to verify their story (tale?), call the Coast Guard office at the yacht club!!!! See that it's printed - perhaps CBC should be told that our Deputy Fire Chief is not giving credit where it should be given?

  • Lead..Follow.. or get out of the way
    July 02, 2013 - 10:09

    Just to clear the air.....Ch'town & Pictou Inshore Rescue Units were both tasked and did respond to the incident as well as the Coast Guard Aux. Ch'town Inshore Rescue did remain on scene until the vessel was secured.

  • Safety first
    July 02, 2013 - 08:11

    First off, the Coast Guard Inshore Rescue vessel is based at the Ch'town Yacht Club and should have been called. Especially if this was 8km off the coast. That being said, the fire dept. are more than qualified and were likley deployed, as it was deemed a imediate threat to life and time was a factor.

  • Terry
    July 02, 2013 - 07:53

    The Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Program is still fully operational in Charlottetown. It is housed at the Charlottetown Yacht Club. This is certainly their jurisdiction. I have no idea why the Fire Department would be called. I can only assume someone called 911 instead of the emergency Marine Channel 16. Good Job Charlottetown FD!.

  • Neil
    July 01, 2013 - 20:59

    Taxpayer, sorry but the Coast Guard was moved so that we can have our nice big convention centre right on the water.

  • city taxpayer
    July 01, 2013 - 19:51

    Isn't that area the coast guard's jurisdiction? Where were they?

    • Kelly
      July 01, 2013 - 20:22

      We kicked the coast guard out of their home at the end of Queen st. so we could build a convention center instead. Ooops.

    • No such thing as jurisdiction...
      July 01, 2013 - 21:21

      ...when someone is in trouble. Don't worry about your precious tax dollars: they can use MY tax dollars to help someone in need.