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Coast Guard Responses – Long Island Sound

Recent responses from the Northeast

Recent responses from the Northeast

Overturned car in marina

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

Two people were removed from an overturned vehicle after it was found completely submerged in the Bay Shore Marina at the end of Ocean Avenue in Bay Shore, N.Y. The Suffolk County Police Department land, marine and dive units arrived on scene, and the divers removed an unresponsive female driver from the car.Another female passenger, also unresponsive, was removed by SuffolkCounty divers.Both people were transported to a local hospital. Coast Guard Station Fire Island received the call from the Suffolk County Police Department 911 unit and arrived on scene. Rescue crews from the SuffolkCounty and Bay Shore Fire Departments, West Islip Fire and Rescue land and marine units and the Islip Hazmat team also responded to the scene. The SuffolkCounty dive team conducted an underwater search in the area but found no evidence that other people were in the car at the time it entered the water. The vehicle remains completely submerged, and gas has been reported leaking from its gas tank. Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Coram, N.Y., were en route to the scene to determine the extent of the pollution and the impact on the environment. It is not known how the car entered the water, or if the passengers were wearing seatbelts. The Coast Guard advised all mariners to be alert while traveling in the vicinity of the Bay Shore Marina. The incident was under investigation. (Jan. 7)

3 generations rescued

Station Castle Hill, R.I.

The Coast Guard rescued a family spanning three generations from 41-

degree water after their boat capsized near FortAdams in Narragansett Bay, R.I. A 60-year-old grandfather, his 38-year-old son, and his 18-year-old grandson were being treated for mild hypothermia at NewportHospital in Newport, R.I. A Good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England that the three had fallen overboard from their small outboard boat. Station Castle Hill, R.I., launched a 41-foot utility boat and a 25-foot response boat. Thirteen minutes after the sector was originally notified, the response boat arrived on scene to find two of the men holding on to floating seat cushions and the other man holding on to a bag of floating decoy ducks used for hunting. The response boat crew recovered the three family members and transported them to PerrottiPark where Newport Fire and Rescue EMS were waiting to take them to the hospital. (Jan. 20)

Kite surfers rescued

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

Two kite surfers were rescued after a multi-agency search near Tanner Park in Copiague, N.Y. Coast Guard Station Fire Island received a call stating a kite surfer was in distress near Bay Blvd. in Tanner Park from the Suffolk County Police Department. The Suffolk County Police received the call for help from two of the kite surfer’s friends on the beach. Station Fire Island launched a rescue crew immediately to the location given by the Suffolk County Police. On the way to the scene the crew spotted another kite surfer in distress. He was found in low visibility conditions. The rescue crew picked up the surfer, who had no injuries, and transported him to a nearby beach, and then continued to Tanner Park. A SuffolkCounty helicopter was launched and began search patterns in the area. The helicopter located the surfer and was able to relay his location to a nearby Lindenhurst Fire Department Marine unit. They picked up the surfer and began administering first aid for a reported leg injury. Rescue crews from the Babylon Bay Constables, the Tanner Park and Amityville Fire Departments and SuffolkCounty land and marine units also assisted in the search. The weather on scene was 15- to 20-knot winds and choppy seas. Both rescued wind surfers were wearing wet suits and personal flotation belt devices. (Jan. 9)

Aground, then hoisted

Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued three people in GreatBay inside Little Egg Inlet near Tuckerton, N.J. after their 34-foot boat ran aground. The Coast Guard received a call from a member of Sea Tow reporting the boat aground with three people aboard, ages 80, 76 and 46. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched and arrived on scene. All three men were hoisted into the helicopter and flown to Air Station Atlantic City where they were picked up by family members. The boat was planned to be recovered by Sea Tow during high tide. (Jan. 9)