Sunken boat rescued from Four Corners lake

Posted at: 02/21/2014 7:02 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Today, instead of rescuing people, the Farmington Fire Department had a boat to save from the briny depths.

“This was a unique situation,” Said Battalion Chief, Nick Mrzlak.

Farmington firefighters made their way to the boat, which was still tied to a pillar since yesterday.

The large concrete pillar was where city crews were working on water valves for the reservoir when something went wrong.

“Some of the water swamped the boat, ended up sinking the boat and three employees from OMI ended up stranded on the water intake about 300 feet out in the middle of the lake,” according to Mrzlak.

Firefighters got to those stranded city workers yesterday, Today it was the boat's turn.

“We were able to take members of the fire department tactical rescue team, attach air bags to the boat and bring it to the surface enough that we could float it to shore and do a maneuver called a parbuckle,” Mrzlak said.

A parbuckle is just a fancy way to say they flipped the boat over. Then they pumped and bailed out water.

Mrzlak said, “It’s definitely an opportunity to do some practice in a non-emergency situation so there is no hurry and it gives us a chance to get some time on the water.”

And how is the boat? For the most part ok, just a little waterlogged.