Fireboat that sank had crack, department says
A waterline crack in the hull of a fireboat caused it to sink Aug. 23 at a marina in Southwest, a fire department spokesman said Friday.
The cause was determined after testing by a surveyor. The crack formed where two pieces were welded together and was hidden behind a sea chest that houses a fire pump.
The 29-foot-long boat was built in 2014 and bought by the department for about $300,000. It was the fleet’s newest and fastest, and was used primarily for water rescues.
Vito Maggiolo, a fire department spokesman, said the boat is under warranty and efforts are under way to map a plan for repairing the boat and returning it to service.
Maggiolo said an independent surveyor found that the vessel had been properly maintained but that it had recently been modified.
The department currently has two fireboats: the 71-foot John H. Glenn Jr. and a backup Boston Whaler. A new vessel is to be delivered by month’s end. — Peter Hermann