Harbormaster Adam Wilson (left) and a Maine Marine Patrol officer guide the boat back to the ramp. Ellsworth Fire Department. Capt. Bobby Dorr said the boat, which was successfully removed from the water at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, didn’t suffer “glaring damage.” ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Sinking boat recovered from Ellsworth Harbor Park



ELLSWORTH — A recreational boat was successfully recovered from the water after it partially sank while idled at Ellsworth Harbor Park on Thursday morning.

At approximately 7 a.m., the Ellsworth Fire Department received a call from a concerned citizen requesting aid at Ellsworth Harbor Park. The caller said a small boat appeared to be sinking at the dock south of the park’s boat ramp.

Three fire trucks, an oil and hazardous materials response team and an Ellsworth Water Department vehicle were dispatched to the scene. Upon arriving, they found the boat positioned perpendicular to the surface with the bow raised into the air and the stern underwater.

“The bow was well above the water when we arrived at the scene, but the stern was submerged,” Ellsworth Fire Department Capt. Bobby Dorr said. “There was a lot of water that needed pumping, but we were able to do everything efficiently and recover it.”

Firefighters rowed a dinghy and a mooring barge to the dock and began using several large tubes to pump water from the rear after the hazmat team removed an oil sheen surrounding the boat. The team then used a mooring crane to lift the boat upright and back into a floating position.

Once upright, Harbormaster Adam Wilson and a Maine Marine Patrol officer helped firefighters guide the boat back to the ramp. The team then helped trailer the boat, which a GMC pickup truck removed from the water at 9:45.

“All in all, I’d say there didn’t seem to be any glaring damage done to it,” Dorr said of the watercraft. “We knew what needed to be done, and there were plenty of people there to help handle it.”

No injuries were reported in the incident as no one was on the boat at the time of the sinking. The Maine Marine Patrol investigated.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]