Brewster Firefighters Respond to Water Rescue

On Friday July 22 at 12:35 p.m. the Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to Cape Cod Bay in the area of Linnel landing for an overturned Sunfish sailboat with 4 victims in the water. Car 231 (Chief Moran), Car 232 (Deputy Chief Varley), Ambulance 244, Ambulance 243, and Car 230 with the inflatable boat responded on the request. In addition, the Dennis and Eastham Fire Departments were requested to launch their boats from Sesuit Harbor (Dennis) and Rock Harbor (Eastham) to assist with the rescue. On arrival at the landing Deputy Chief Varley assumed command of the operation and directed Chief Moran to respond to Seaway Road to meet the reporting party in an attempt to obtain a last known location. All other resources were directed to the landing. Upon confirming the location of the overturned boat and the victims in the water the fire department immediately launched their inflatable boat.

Upon arrival at the sailboat firefighters found two victims who had been thrown into the water after a mechanical issue occurred with their boat. The victims were placed into the fire department boat and taken to shore. High winds and rough water conditions present in the bay may have also contributed to the capsizing of the boat. The rescued individuals refused medical attention and all Brewster units were placed back in service by 1:30 p.m.