On Saturday 1/16, Rescue Boat 18 was dispatched to assist Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Station 15 for an Overturned Boat with People in the Water. Port Penn Volunteer Fire Company and Delaware State Police Aviation were also alerted.
The occupants became separated when their vessel overturned. One was pulled further into the River, and one was clinging to a floating dam for safety. Water Temperatures were approximately 40 degrees, with the depth exceeding 10 feet in most areas. Fireboat 15 made a Rescue of the occupant in the river, while Chief 29 (Schoeffler) swam to the occupant clinging to the floating dam and placed him in a lifejacket. Crews from Fireboat 15 and 18-Marine-1 deployed throw bags, and brought the 2nd victim to the Fireboat. They were transferred to awaiting EMS crews who evaluated them for Hypothermia.