Fire and police marine units were scrambled Saturday night to rescue a boater whose vessel became disabled after striking Penfield Reef.

A report was received about 8 p.m. Saturday at the town's Emergency Communications Center from the Bridgeport Fire Department that a boater was believed to be in distress in Fairfield waters.

Fire personnel immediately launched fire boats, Marine 17 and Marine 28, which were assisted by units from Fairfield police, Bridgeport firefighters and the Coast Guard.

Arriving at the scene of the disabled boat, firefighters determined the boat was no longer operational after hitting the reef. The boater was taken safely taken off his vessel and brought back to shore.

In a press release issued after the incident, Assistant Fire Chief Schuyler Sherwood said the Fire Department's recent acquisition of a fire boat from the Bridgeport Fire Department proved to be extremely valuable in this operation. The extensive training that fire personal have been completing on Long Island Sound, specifically the night training, was very beneficial in tonight's rescue."