12 hours adrift in an inflatable

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OCT. 11 — A Coast Guard crew rescued a New York City man Sunday after he spent nearly 12 hours adrift in Long Island Sound aboard an 8-foot inflatable in a storm.

Christopher Brooks, 46, was found about four miles off Horton Point, N.Y., the Coast Guard says. Brooks reportedly became stranded after his motor failed, his paddle snapped and his boat started losing air.

“It was black and the storm was really starting to brew,” Brooks says in a news report. “I was kind of thinking this might not work out so well.”

Brooks was fishing about a half-mile off Horton Point Saturday evening when strong winds apparently drove his boat into the middle of the Sound. When his motor gave out, Brooks reportedly spent 2-1/2 hours attempting to paddle to shore, but was unsuccessful. The wind was gusting up to 40 knots and the seas were between 2 and 6 feet, according to the Coast Guard.

At about 10 p.m. Brooks’ wife, Amanda, realized something was wrong and called 911. The Coast Guard station in New London, Conn., was contacted and authorities there conducted three searches using two rescue boats, the news report says. Coast Guard crewmembers eventually spotted Brooks because of the yellow life jacket he was wearing. Brooks was rescued at about 6:45 a.m. Sunday.

“It’s a happy ending,” Amanda Brooks says in the report.

— Jason Fell