Norwalk Police, Fire Tow Distressed Boat To Safety

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Two sailors in a distressed boat near Greens Ledge were assisted by the Norwalk marine police and fire department Saturday after noon Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk marine police and fire personnel responded to a United States Coast Guard call Saturday afternoon and towed a disabled boat out of trouble, police said.

A Norwalk fire boat responded to a distress call from a 21-foot sailboat that had broken its mast, causing it to lose its sail and rigging, unable to move or steer, police said.

The fire boat raced to the scene 1.5 miles south of Greens Ledge on the west side of Sheffield Island, about two miles off the Norwalk coast, police reported.

The sail boat was operated by two female sailors when it became disabled in approximately 100 feet of water, police said.

The fire boat assisted the U.S. Coast Guard by stabilizing the distressed boat and towing it into Sheffield Harbor. Once the rigging and sails were secured, police towed it to Norwalk's Cove Marina, with fire personnel providing assistance, police reported.

No injuries were reported.

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There is a sign "open sailing" on the front left side of that boat. Could it be these people were out in a poorly maintained rental ? The boat rental business has gotten popular in recent years and these women may have some recourse against the boat owners if they get billed for the rescue/tow.
We should be proud of our local marine emergency service rescue teams, both police and fire, that were able to get out there and bring these people and their boat safely to shore. I wonder where the commercial marine towing boats were. At least one stays at Cove marina.


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Broad River:

I think Open Sailing is a Japanese Boat making Co.. It's written on both port and starboard

Broad River:

It wasn't the boat they were rescuing it was the lives of two boaters.

Their pre-sail inspecting maybe could have been better I don't recall any gale force winds that day and I'm sure they checked the NOAA weather before coming about in the harbor. The mast most likely had some stress
that was either visible or could have been detected by other means.perhaps. It is a nightmare for every sailor to be dismasted at sea.
It is important to remember that before raising the sail, you first double check the mast's stability
A drivers license is a privilege so is driving, obviously a car is not a necessity.
They will get a bill for the tow.
Also every boater here has a State of Connecticut Boating Certificate, so I feel very confident they knew what they are doing out there. Thankfully they are alive.


I was wondering if perhaps they were going full speed ahead and the wind suddenly changed direction. With too much sail out, if they didn't correct the luffing promptly, the boat would slow down, but the lines could also tangle quickly, particularly if the boom did a full sweep.

Broad River:

It would be interesting to hear their story.

I like this new feature about being e-mailed when someone comments on a story you're following.


Did you even bother to read the article, Tim??????

The "21-foot sailboat that had broken its mast, causing it to lose its sail and rigging". That's a little bit more than, "I ran out of gas."; Port? Which side is port?."; "I can't read the charts and ran aground." or "I didn't know the storm was coming." Those events are incompetence on the part of the sailor. I'd put a broken mast in a whole different category.

Tim T:

Maybe its time that "sailors" that have no idea what they are doing and screw up start getting a bill for the emergency response.Unlike an automobile a boat is not a necessity its a toy and if you cant handle it you need to pay.

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