Three Injured after Delaware Rescue Boat Hits Rock, Sinks
A Delaware rescue boat became the subject of a rescue operation early Wednesday morning after the vessel struck a rock in the Delaware River, according to a report from Delaware Online.
About the Delaware Rescue Boat Accident
- A Delaware City Fire Company rescue boat was participating in a search for a missing vessel when the boat struck a jetty north of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
- All three onboard the vessel sustained injuries when the impact from the rocks tossed them into the cabin console.
- At 12:18 a.m. the crew notified the 911 call center that the boat was seeking and the crew was preparing to evacuate.
- Various units were dispatched to the scene including Marine Units from Port Penn, Goodwill of New Castle, and Lower Alloways Creek as well as the Delaware State Police Aviation, U.S. Coast Guard, and Delaware Fish and Wildlife Marine Enforcement.
- Port Penn and Goodwill units were able to rescue the crew who were then treated and transported to Christiana Hospital. The operator of the boat sustained an ankle injury. One of the crew members sustained facial injuries, and the third crew member sustained lacerations, hip and back injuries.
Investigations will be conducted by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Fish and Wildlife as well as the Delaware City Fire Company. The boat, which sank, will be salved by Sea Tow Boat Salvage.
The boat was a 34 foot Metalcraft Marine Aluminum hull vessel.