Stamford emergency workers’ response time to a fatal boating accident on July 22 has raised concerns about the city’s readiness for boating accidents.
According to a news article published by CT Post, a Rochelle, NY firefighter, Keith Morris, 30, drown after crashing his 27-foot Sea Ray into the east breakwall at the entrance to Stamford Harbor. There were four passengers on the boat at the time of the accident; two were reportedly trapped in the hull of the boat and two were picked up by a crew that was crossing Long Island Sound from Oyster Bay.
According to reports, calls reporting the accident began to come in at about 11:21 p.m. But, no one was on duty; the city’s marine unit gets off at 11 p.m.
Marine Unit officer William Fox received notification of the accident after getting to his home. He rushed to the scene and arrived at approximately 11:58 p.m.
Sgt. Peter Wolff arrived on the scene at about 12:06 a.m.; he also came from his home. Around the same time, Deputy Fire Chief Trevor Roach arrived with rescue divers who ended up saving two people who were trapped in the boat’s cabin.
Wolff told news reporters that even if they had arrived on the scene sooner, the outcome would have most likely been the same. Wolff told reporters that he and his staff are out patrolling the waters as much as they possibly can. They work anywhere from 8 to 16 hours a day, patrolling the waters.
Some residents and boaters are saying the accident could have been prevented if someone had been patrolling at the time of the accident. Others argue that no matter how many people are on duty, boating accidents are bound to happen.
Source: CT Post
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