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Anne Arundel County

Capsized Anne Arundel County fireboat has been recovered

An Anne Arundel County fireboat that sank off the coast of Gibson Island last week and stranded four crew members was pulled out of the water over the weekend, officials said.

Fireboat No. 41 was buoyed above the water on Saturday, and pumped out overnight before being brought ashore Sunday, according to Anne Arundel County Fire Department Lt. Jennifer Macallair.

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The county-owned boat, which used to reside at the Avalon Shores Volunteer Fire Department, “is absolutely out of commission” as a fire department team headed by Battalion Chief David Chen investigates what led it to take on water and ultimately sink last week.

The boat, which was being used by a fire department crew in a training exercise, sank on the afternoon of March 28 when it began to take on water after heavy winds rose along the bay.

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None of the four firefighters on the boat were injured, and Department of Natural Resources Police brought them back to shore at Sandy Point State Park.

No fuel leaked while the boat was underwater over the past week, officials said.


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