Del. firefighter charged in rescue boat crash

The fire boat's operator was charged with one count of negligence by operating at excessive speed; three firefighters on board were injured

Delaware Online

DELAWARE CITY, Del. — Divers are expected to examine the extent of damage done to the 34-foot Delaware City marine rescue boat that sank in the Delaware River early Wednesday after hitting a rock jetty near the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal and injuring three Delaware City firefighters on board.

The three victims were able to swim to rocks about 15 feet away, where they were rescued, said Dave Carpenter Jr., spokesman for the fire company. Wednesday afternoon, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement announced in a release that the fireboat's operator, 62-year-old Edward Kalinowski, of Delaware City, was charged with one count of negligence by operating at excessive speed. Kalinowski also sustained a broken ankle in the accident. He was treated and released from Christiana Medical Center.

Kalinowski is president of the Delaware City Fire Company. A second firefighter was treated for facial injuries and released, while the third was kept in the hospital overnight for observation with back and hip injuries.

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