2 rescued after boat lost power, drifted into rocks on HousatonicPosted: Updated:
Two boaters are safely back on dry land after their fishing boat lost power and drifted into rocks out on the Housatonic this morning in Stratford.
First responders say high tide was at 11 a.m. The two boaters were out before that, during the change in tides, which firefighters say is a dangerous time to be out because the currents pick up speed. There was also a strong coastal wind.
Bridgeport resident Marco Setti's 18-foot boat started drifting and pounding into rocks by the mouth of the Housatonic River.
He says at one point, the motor completely lost power, and they could no longer control or steer the boat, so he and his friend jumped ship and waited on the rocks for help.
"It was pounding a lot. The boat was going hard on the rocks so we decided to step out of the boat, get the life jacket and wait for the police," says Setti.
Firefighters won't confirm whether the boat is a loss at this point, but say it's not looking good. A lot of water was pouring into the boat as officials tried to drag it back to shore.
Firefighters say the two did the right thing by jumping ship. They add that many people underestimate the current in the Housatonic River as it meets the Long Island Sound.
Setti says without insurance, this rescue could cost him anywhere from $2,500 to $3,500 out of pocket.