Brewster Firefighters Respond to Overturned Sailboat

At 8:48 a.m. on Wednesday September 9 the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to a reported overturned sailboat with a person in distress in Cape Cod Bay off Saint’s Landing. Residents of a private home off Robbins Hill Road called 911 after noticing the overturned boat approximately 1000 yards offshore while working outside on their second floor deck. Brewster units responding included Car 231 (Chief Moran) who responded to the reporting parties address to obtain a direct line of site with the distressed individual and coordinate operations, Engine 234, Ambulance 243, and Car 230 with the inflatable Zodiac boat. On arrival at Saints landing Captain Jeff Sturtevant assumed operational command of the launching of the Zodiac and subsequent rescue operation.

While enroute Chief Moran requested the response of the Dennis Fire Departments boat from Sesuit Harbor who also responded with the Dennis Harbormaster on board. Prior to the rescue boats arriving at the location a privately owned skiff which had been in the area arrived at the overturned boat and was able to move the individual out of the water and onto their boat. Upon arrival of the Brewster Zodiac the sailboat operator was evaluated by personnel and ultimately refused medical treatment. Assistance in overturning the boat was provided by the Dennis Fire Department and Harbormaster. All mutual aid and Brewster units were placed back in service by approximately 9:45 a.m.

Photos by Craig Chadwick