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Capsize with 7 kids aboard

A New York boater rescued seven children from beneath his boat Sunday afternoon after it capsized on PeconicBay.

Jim Giacone, who is 45, was headed to RobinsIsland when his 15-foot Boston Whaler capsized in choppy waters on the north side of the island, New York’s Newsday newspaper reported. Giacone and his 10-year-old son were thrown from the boat. Giacone’s two daughters, who are 9 and 7, and nieces and nephews ranging in age from 4 to 10 were trapped beneath the overturned Whaler. All of the children were wearing life jackets.

“It was horrifying,” Giacone says in the report. “The worst goes through your mind.”

Giacone swam under the boat and calmed the screaming children, the news report says. One by one he pulled them out and brought them to his son, who was yards away and screaming for help. Hearing the screams, passing boaters stopped and took Giacone and the children on board. The entire rescue took about three minutes, Giacone says in the report.

“A few bumps on the head and bruises,” he says. “But it was a happy ending.”

— Jason Fell