Women rescued from Wareham River by passing stranger

By Lydia Goerner | Jun 21, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner The women pull their inflatable raft to shore from the safety of Viking.

Two women were yelling for help in the Wareham River Wednesday evening after they believed their inflatable rubber raft had run out of fuel.

According to emergency broadcasts, the boat was out of fuel and was being dragged by the current.

Before the Wareham Fire Department could reach the raft, the women were discovered by George Mather, who was passing by in his boat Viking.

"I'm no hero," Mather said. "I heard someone calling for help so I went out to get them."

Wareham Fire Department arrived at the scene shortly after. The women got to shore with their raft, where the fire department discovered it did have fuel, but was airlocked. After the raft began functioning again, the women took a selfie with Mather before sailing away again.

Wareham Fire Department arrives on a boat to help the women. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
George Mather stands aboard Viking after helping the women reach safety. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
The inflatable rubber raft is pulled by its owners from the Viking. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (9)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 21, 2017 18:35

Forgetting to open that pesky tank vent!  It can happen to the best of us. Happy Boating!

Posted by: bluebird | Jun 22, 2017 01:06

Why didn't they drop anchor to stop the boat from being carried out with hte tide?? Or try rowing toward shore.....


That said, we all have forgotten that pesky vent screw on the fuel cap at least once! Or forgot to check that the fuel line was attached to the remote tank........ OOPS! It isn't hard, even for a seasoned boater to overlook these simple things in the panic of a sudden engine stopage. Lesson learned, and we know better the next time!

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jun 22, 2017 09:10

Just another Day in Wareham .   :)

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jun 22, 2017 15:09

Bluebird, I thought of rowing too.  They were close to shore in the river in a rubber row boat on a perfect warm summer day.  No danger. Plenty of small boats without motors row around out there all the time.


If middle-aged me was out there with my middle-aged buddy Jimmy, sportin' our XL swim trunks and hairy backs I doubt this would have gone quite like this.  These two damsels in black bikinis definitely got special treatment.  Its funny, they launched a big bad 600 HP rigid inflatable fire rescue boat with 4 fireman when they could have just paddled back or got help from another boat like they did.  The Harbormaster's boats are already in the water.  One is stationed right there at Zecco.  Why didn't they simply respond with that?  I'm wearing a bikini next time I go boating!


It is great to see that Wareham has the ability to respond to an emergency.  I feel safer knowing that they can.  I guess they can consider this as practice to justify the expense.



Posted by: bluebird | Jun 22, 2017 17:13

I think the new Fireboat (ex-USCG Rapid-Response  boat) is in a slip right next to the Harbor Patrol at Zecco. However, this did give the WFD a chance to play with their expensive toy and if the boat is in a slip at Zecco, they don't have tie up the ramp every time they "need" it. Usually the HP gets on-scene before the FD....... but that was mostly before the new boat. Despite my sarcasm, it is reassuring to know that the WFD does have a good, all-weather boat to respond to an on-water fire or assist the HP.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jun 22, 2017 17:20

You know Wareham By , I was thinking the same thing hopefully the kid got the Digits. But I can't tell from the picture because it sharp but it seems to me that no one on the fire boat is wearing a bright color PFD. If they were sent out there for a rescue they should have been wearing the proper safety equipment or were they just out for a leisure cruise and wanted to see the young ladies and do a little chest pumping .? The fact the matter is all it takes is a sway of the boat the wrong way and into the drink one goes and we know that they are Wearing their NFPA approved station wear boots and that's just a nightmare waiting to happen. I know it's not cool pulling up to a boat with two young things on it wearing a big orange life jacket on , trust me I know ...

Posted by: cranky pants | Jun 22, 2017 18:02

Funny comments for sure !

I guess in light of the situation, they were able to practice getting to the scene and being productive with the apparatus.. Even if they weren't following safety protocols. Bah.. Details.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jun 22, 2017 23:40

Cranky , Wasn't trying to be funny , as a retired FF you can very let your guard down no matter how simple you think the call is..

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jun 23, 2017 07:16

Is it me or does the Fire boat seem to be missing a harbor services permit?

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