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Technical rescue safely extracts man from boat

Posted at 1:00 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 13:00:09-04

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department executed a technical rescue to extract an unconscious man from a boat in the 7300 block of Edgewood Road Tuesday.

Units responded to the address at roughly 8:30 a.m. for reports of a man laying unconscious in his sailing vessel. Not knowing the cause of the man's condition, a hazmat team monitored air quality aboard the vessel prior to entry, eventually giving the OK to proceed. 

The man was approximately 40-50 years old, laying in the bottom of the vessel and struggling to breath. The man was working on the boat at the time of the incident, and the cause of his loss of consciousness is unknown. Paramedics safely boarded the vessel and determined a rescue system was needed. 

Fire and EMS crews constructed a system of ropes and pulleys along with a ladder truck, performing a technical rescue to haul the man out of the boat and onto a stretcher. The man was then transported to the local medical center in stable condition.