The Norwalk Fire Department’s marine division received a marine distress on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3:42p.m. The report from a passing sail boat Archipelago was that a small fishing vessel with the two people on board were using buckets to bail water from within the sinking vessel, and that the vessel was at base of Peck’s Ledge Lighthouse.
Notifications were made to Norwalk’s Marine Police and the Coast Guard and each agency dispatched units to the scene.
The Norwalk Police MU130 and Fire Department MU238 were first to arrive at 3:47pm and found two adults on board the small skiff. The boat was sitting very low in the water due to the amount of water that it had taken on and was secured to the lighthouse maintenance ladder between two large rocks. It was then determined that the police boat would grab the two occupants off the vessel while the fire boat dewater and tow the vessel into the public dock at Veteran’s Park.
No injuries were reported from this incident, according to the Norwalk Fire Dept., but a small craft advisory was in effect for Long Island Sound due to the 20-30 knot east wind which was producing four foot seas.
Norwalk Police and Fire Marine Units remind all mariners that weather can change quickly in the Long Island Sound and to check the marine forecast before getting underway.