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Coast Guard Responses – Long Island Sound

Recent responses from Connecticut to New Jersey

Recent responses from Connecticut to New Jersey

Clinging to a buoy

Station New Haven, Conn.

A kayaker was found clinging to a buoy after he capsized near Guilford, Conn. A Madison Fire Department marine unit found the man clinging to the No. 16 buoy near Faulkner’s Island and waving a white flag to signal for help. The distressed kayaker called Guilford emergency services from his cell phone reporting that his kayak had overturned near Jacob’s Beach. Rescue units from Coast Guard Station New Haven, Guilford Police and Fire Departments, and Branford and Madison Fire Departments conducted a search between Faulkner’s Island and Jacob’s Beach for the kayaker. The Madison Fire Department rescue crew transported the man and the kayak back to shore. The kayaker was wearing a life jacket. There were no reported injuries. (Aug. 7)

Two people injured in collision

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)

Five in a life raft

Station Shark River, N.J.

A good Samaritan rescued five people from a life raft after the boater’s 42-foot boat sank 80 nautical miles east of Barnegat Light, N.J. The Coast Guard received a radio transmission between the crew of the good Samaritan and five people who were aboard the 42-footer before it sank. The pleasure boat was taking on water when the bilge pump stopped working. The crew boarded their life raft and were picked up approximately 30 minutes later by the crew of the good Samaritan. The survivors were unable to board the life raft with their manual EPIRB since they couldn’t get to it in time, but were able to grab a handheld radio. All five survivors were wearing life jackets. The rescued boaters were fishing on the western edge of the HudsonCanyon. (Aug. 13)