3 rescued from capsized boat off Bridgeport coast

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File photo of Seaside Park

File photo of Seaside Park

Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media

BRIDGEPORT — Three people were rescued from a capsized vessel off the coast of Bridgeport late Saturday afternoon.

Around 5:15 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to Seaside Park for a report of a boat in distress. Within minutes, police were also en route and mutual aid had been called for assistance, as well as notification to the U.S. Coast Guard Long Island Sector.

The fire boat was underway by around 5:20 p.m. and Bridgeport police also launched its marine boat around that time.

Dispatchers fielded third-party calls about the incident, with callers saying there was someone on the middle ground at the lighthouse, without further details.

Bridgeport police spokesman Terron Jones said the three were at first rescued by a good Samaritan before they were transferred over to the Bridgeport fire boat.

By 5:35 p.m., the fire boat reported it was near the lighthouse, adding that three people were still on the capsized vessel and no one was in the water. Shortly before 5:45 p.m., firefighters were loading the three individuals onto the fire boat to be brought safely back to shore. Fire units confirmed the boat had capsized. All three were in the care of medics shortly after 6 p.m.

The parties were transported by AMR to St Vincent’s Hospital for hypothermia. One was exhibiting more symptoms than the other two.

At 5:50 p.m., the Fairfield police said the marine unit responded to help Bridgeport first responders on this call. Stratford also provided mutual aid.

“Bridgeport reporting all subjects on board have been rescued,” Fairfield police said. “Excellent coordinated effort.”

Amanda Cuda contributed to this report.