Two people injured in collision
Posted on 10 November 2008
Station Kings Point, N.Y.
Two people were injured in a boating collision on Long Island Sound. A husband and wife were fishing from a dinghy east of Stepping Stones Lighthouse, when a 22-foot pleasure boat approached at a high rate of speed. The husband and wife jumped from the dinghy right before impact. The pleasure boat had two people on board. A Coast Guard 25-foot rescue boat from Station Kings Point was on patrol in the area and arrived on scene in a matter of seconds when one of the crewmembers noticed a boat about to hit another boat. The collision took place about 1,000 yards away from the rescue boat. The Coast Guard instructed the pleasure boat operator to anchor immediately and not leave the scene. They then passed a line to the woman and to the man who were hanging onto the dinghy. The couple was brought to the station where we transferred them to EMS. The husband and wife were reported to be suffering from possible hypothermia and shock, and the husband complained of a back injury. They were transferred to a nearby hospital. The New York Police Department took over law enforcement aspects of the case and the New York Fire Department towed the dinghy away. No one was reported to be wearing life jackets. (Aug. 23)