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New marine rescue craft called out for sinking boat off Lummi Island today

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Whatcom County Fire District 17 (WCFD17), serving Sandy Point Shores, Sandy Point Heights, Neptune Heights, Neptune Beach and western portions of the Lummi Indian Reservation, recently activated a donated Boston Whaler converted into a marine rescue vessel now known officially as Marine Rescue 56 (MR56). It has since been put to use assisting boaters in distress including an incident today.

MR56 was dispatched about 10am this morning along with Whatcom County Fire District 11 (serving Lummi Island) fire and aid units along with the Coast Guard to a report of a pleasure boat in distress off Lummi Island. When MR56 arrived on scene, according to WCFD17 Fire Chief Jim Petrie, the sinking boat’s owner thought they could make it back to the Sandy Point Marina so they escorted him there. “He had so much water coming in that his bilge pumps could not keep up. We deployed our boat’s fire pump and drafted water from his boat.” With the aid of MR56’s pumps, the boat owner was able to get to the marina and had time to retrieve his truck and trailer to pull the boat from the water before it could sink.

“The boat did sustained damage to on board electronics due to salt water, however no fuel was spilled in the water,” Petrie said.

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**In an effort to educate the community about the programs of the FCSC, we will be doing a series of weekly posts to highlight each program and share details.**

Week 1: Did you know that the FCSC has a brand new program? The Ferndale Community Utilities Fund launched May 15th, 2020. The purpose of this temporary program is to help neighbors who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pay their City of Ferndale utility bill.

Neighbors who need help can apply via our website (link is below). Be sure to check out the eligibility requirements and then click the link to the application form. Neighbors who want to help can make a donation via the same link. To date, we have raised an incredible $10,000! Through the generous support of the community and grants from the Whatcom Community Foundation and the Mary H Storer Foundation, we have reached our fundraising goal. We will use these funds to help Ferndale households with their June and August water bills.

Please help us spread the word so we can ease the struggle for some during this challenging time. And THANK YOU for your generous support and care for your fellow Ferndale residents.

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