09/11/08 151 W, 1 I - + 11 - 6 Original Raleigh Rescue Boats

These beauties were recently returned to the Raleigh Fire Department, after being found at a city water facility. They're the original boats of the Raleigh Emergency Rescue Squad, Inc., the volunteer-organized rescue service that started in 1953. The boats were placed in service that year, stored at Station 1, and pulled by Rescue 1. See an old photo. The trailer was designed and built by squad members; the city provided the funds for the boats and motors. The boats were used for many recovery operations in and around Raleigh, such as the family of five that drowned after their plane ditched in Crabtree Lake on February 25, 1965. The boats were still on the roster in 1977, listed as "old rescue boats." Their registration sticker is dated 1982. They'll be stored at Station 28 for the time being, along with the department's others antiques. See more photos from Lee Wilson.

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