Rescue Divers Saved Lives in Stamford Boat Crash: Stamford Fire Department

Keith Morris, 30, was boating with four other people when the boat hit a break wall.

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012  |  Updated 1:42 PM EDT
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Officials Detail Dramatic Rescue in Stamford Boat Crash

Stamford fire officials on Wednesday described the dramatic rescue of two passengers trapped in a cabin after a boat capsizing that killed a New Rochelle firefighter.

The body of Keith Morris, 30, was found Monday 58 feet away from the break wall his boat hit in the waters of the Long island Sound near Shippan Point, according to the Coast Guard.

Ted Jankowski, Stamford's director of public safety, said crews searched through murky water to find two people trapped in the cabin of the capsized boat. The toll of the boat accident would have been worse, officials said, if not for rescue workers' quick actions.

One firefighter cut his hand on a portion of the boat, Jankowski said.

Five people from New Rochelle, including Morris' brother, were on board the 26-foot single-engine boat when it struck a break wall and capsize around midnight Sunday, according to Stamford Police.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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