Builders of High Speed Aluminum Fire, Rescue, Patrol and Work Boats
Assessment by Walt Wilsey of Alligator Marine, Norfolk, VA
4 April, 2007
To: Metal Craft Marine
Attn: Mr. Bob Clark
Subj: Newport News Fireboat # QME00467MOOE
Metal Craft Marine called Alligator Marine, Inc. to assist in raising Newport News Fireboat which partially sank pier side 21 March 2007. With the use of pumps and lift bags the boat was successfully raised by Newport News Fire Department. No physical damage was apparent to the hull or structure. The engines and electrical systems sustained water damage and likely require replacement.
After the boat was raised, I inspected the engine room and found no physical damage or hull openings that would cause the boat to sink. However, the engine room bilge pumps were off when the boat was raised. All suspect items such as exhaust hoses, hull penetrations, scuppers and check valves seemed to be in good condition and functioning properly. No leaks were detected.
I spent approximately 30 minutes on the boat after it was raised. There was no evidence of water intrusion during this period.