NORWALK, Conn. -- Two people were rescued from their sinking boat near the base of Peck’s Ledge Lighthouse in Long Island Sound on Saturday afternoon, the Norwalk Fire Department reported.
The Norwalk Fire Department’s marine division received a marine distress call at 3:42 p.m. Saturday, said Edward Prescott, deputy chief of the Norwalk Fire Department.
Two people on a small fishing vessel were using buckets to bail water, a passing sailboat reported.
The fire department responded. Norwalk’s Marine Police and the Coast Guard were notified, and each agency dispatched units to the scene at Peck's Ledge Lighthouse, located about 2 miles south of Norwalk's Calf Pasture Beach in the Sound.
The Norwalk Police MU130 and Fire Department MU238 were first to arrive at 3:47 p.m. and found two adults onboard the small skiff, Prescott said. The boat was sitting low in the water due to the amount of water that it had taken on, he said. It was secured to the lighthouse maintenance ladder between two large rocks, Prescott said.
The police boat removed the vessel's two occupants, while the fire boat pumped out the sinking vessel, Prescott said. The fire boat then towed it to the public dock at Veterans Memorial Park in Norwalk.
No injuries were reported, he said.
A small craft advisory was in effect for Long Island Sound due to 20 to 30 knot winds that were producing 4-foot seas at the time of the incident, Prescott said.
Norwalk Police and Fire Marine Units remind all mariners that weather can change quickly in Long Island Sound and to check the marine forecast before getting underway, he said.