Brewster Fire Department Conducts Search for Kayaker in Distress

On Sunday May 19 at 6:49 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a kayaker in distress off of Breakwater Beach.  A concerned resident had noticed a kayaker who they thought was having difficulty returning to shore. With an approaching storm on the horizon the resident made the decision to called 911 and requested the dispatch of the fire department. The victim was reported to be in the bay approximately 1 mile southwest of Standish Road. A full department recall was initiated bringing Car 231 (Chief Moran) to Breakwater Beach and Car 232 (Deputy Chief Harrison) to Standish Road where the original sighting was reported. Car 230 (utility pick-up) responded with the departments rapid deployment Zodiac boat to Breakwater Beach where responding members immediately placed the boat into the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Following department guidelines concerning water based rescues a mutual aid request for the Dennis Fire Department boat based in Sesuit Harbor was also made.


Firefighter/Paramedic Michael Gerlach and Firefighter/EMT Arthur Romme piloted the boat out to the distressed kayaker where they found the individual in need of assistance in returning to shore. The firefighters rapidly assessed the patient for obvious medical concerns and finding none transported the victim and the kayak back to Breakwater Beach. Upon coming on shore the individual was given a more detailed medical assessment at which point a determination not to transport was made and signed by the patient.  All Brewster units were placed back in service at 8:04 p.m.