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Stamford and Darien police rescue sinking boat

Published 1:32 pm, Monday, July 7, 2014
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Stamford and Darien police saved a 23-foot boat from sinking and towed it back to Cove Island Saturday night after it strayed into shallow waters near Smith Reef outside Cove Harbor and struck rocks, Stamford Police Sgt. Robert Monck said.

The six passengers on the boat were unscathed in the accident, which occurred around 8:30 p.m. near Buoy 30 near the southeastern end of the reef, a fishing destination, Monck said. The passengers were taken onboard a nearby private vessel, Monck said.

Stamford and Darien police used pumps to drain water from the boat before Darien Police towed the vessel to Cove Island where it was pulled from the water for repairs, Monck said.

The accident did not damage the fuel tank of the boat so there were no environmental issues, Monck said.

Monck credited the presence of the Darien Police's marine division for helping to shore up the boat.

"Darien was helping us with the fireworks so they got there first and we were able to stabilize the boat," Monck said.