Milton (PA) Fire Department Boat 15 Capsizes During Training Session

Boat 15 in happier times. Photo via Facebook.

On Saturday around 1:30 p.m., a Milton (PA) Fire Department training exercise went awry as four crew members were sent into the water as Boat 15 capsized.

The apparatus became entangled in some trees, causing it to take on a significant amount of water, the department said on Facebook. The members’ training paid off as they were able to stabilize themselves via a group of trees on the shoreline until additional rescue boats arrived.

Boat 15-2 and boats from Lewisburg helped with the rescue. Boat 15 was recovered by units from Snyder and Northumberland counties at the Sunbury Marina. A Mifflinburg boat stood by as a backup.

“A large amount of the water rescues we are called to happen during high or flooding waters thus the reason for the training session today in those conditions,” the department wrote.

All members were transported to local medical facilities, evaluated, and released.

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