Sunken fireboat recovered from Chesapeake Bay near Gibson Island: report

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GIBSON ISLAND, MD – The Anne Arundel County Fire Department has announced that it salvaged his sunken fireboat of the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend. Authorities are still investigating what caused the boat to sink last week near Gibson Island.

Five firefighters were on hand to help bail out the boat throughout Saturday. TowBoatUS led the recovery, which began at 10:13 a.m.

Sunken fireboat

The vessel, known as Fireboat 41, began taking on water around 3 p.m. on March 28.

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Four firefighters from Station 19 in Cape St. Claire were using the boat for training. The team was borrowing the ship from Station 41 in Avalon Shores because Cape St. Claire fireboat 19 was out of service for maintenance.

The crew radioed for help when the boat began to sink. Police from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources were the first on the scene.

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By then, firefighters had been in the water for about 10 minutes. They were all wearing cold water survival suits and life jackets during this time.

The police pulled the crew out of the water. Medics from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department assessed the crew members ashore and released them safely.

These fire departments also responded:

  • Annapolis Fire Department
  • Baltimore City Fire Department
  • Baltimore County Fire Department

Maryland State Police and the United States Coast Guard provided additional assistance.

On Saturday, officials removed a sunken fireboat, pictured above, from the Chesapeake Bay. (Courtesy of Anne Arundel County Fire Department)

rough waters

The waters were choppy the day the boat sank.

The National Weather Service issued a gale warning that morning for most of central Maryland. Warnings are the most serious weather announcements. Watches are less pressing and warnings are less urgent.

This warning called for frequent gusts between 30 mph and 45 mph. Isolated bursts could have reached 50 mph.

“Operators train in all sea conditions to remain proficient in emergency response,” the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said in a news release.

The Fireboat 41 is a 36 foot Moose watercraft that answers a variety of calls.


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