FAIRHAVEN — Fire Department rescuers saved a lobster fisherman from downed power lines at Union Wharf during Tuesday's powerful nor'easter and later extinguished the resulting fire.
At 7:38 p.m., the firefighters received a report of power lines down with a lobster fisherman trapped on his boat at Union Wharf, according to Deputy Fire Chief Todd Corriea.
An utility pole cracked in half at the end of Union Wharf, likely from the combination of strong winds and heavy wet snow, Correia said. That caused live wires to come crashing down at the edge of the pier, trapping the man on his boat that was anchored to the wharf.
About 5:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Fire Department was called back to the scene for a fire at the pier, which was extinguished within minutes. It was at that time the Fire Department discovered that three transformers were in the harbor.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Coast Guard were notified Wednesday morning. At 8:30 a.m., Eversource representatives declared the situation a priority. The transformers were removed from the water by 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday afternoon, Eversource crews were working on replacing a generator to power up the fishing boats, Correia said.
Clean Harbors was also on scene because oil spilled out of the transformers, which had opened.
— Aimee Chiavaroli