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Coast Guard Responses – Long Island Sound

Recentresponses from the Northeast

Recentresponses from the Northeast

Two boats collide

Station Eaton’s Neck, N.Y.

A 21-foot boat with one person on board and a 24-foot boat with three people on board collided, resulting in reported minor injuries, near Cockenoe Island, Conn., in Long Island Sound. Rescue boat crews from Station Eaton’s Neck responded immediately to a distress call made from one of the boats involved in the collision. A rescue crew from the Westport Marine Fire Department also responded and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection was conducting an investigation. Fog in the area created low visibility, about less than 100 feet. It was unknown whether any of the boaters were wearing life jackets. Both boats sustained damage. (July 25)

Injured by boom

Station Eaton’s Neck, N.Y.

A man was treated for minor head injuries after the boom on his 40-foot sailboat struck him in the head while under way near Mt.Sinai, east of Port Jefferson. The man sustained a minor head injury with light bleeding. A 41-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck received the call via marine band radio and immediately responded. When they arrived, two crewmembers with EMT experience were able to control the victim’s minor bleeding. The rescue crew took the injured man aboard the Coast Guard vessel and towed the sailboat to its mooring. They then took the man to shore where a local EMS was waiting. The man was wearing a life jacket. The sea state in the area was 2 to 4 feet, with winds of 15-20 knots. (Aug. 10)

Pleasure boats collide

Station Fire Island, N.Y.

Eight people, including three children, sustained minor to severe injuries after a head-on collision occurred between 23-foot and 25-foot pleasure boats near the Bay Shore Marina, just east of the Robert Moses Causeway on Fire Island. Five of the eight boaters were ejected from their boats following the collision. One child sustained serious injuries, a man sustained a serious laceration above his right eyebrow, and the other six boaters were reported to have sustained minor injuries from the collision. Coast Guard Station Fire Island received a call of five people in the water via a 911 emergency operator. Rescue crews from Suffolk County Marine and Islip Harbor Police Departments, Coast Guard Station Fire Island and two good Samaritan boats immediately responded to the scene. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound issued an urgent marine information broadcast, asking mariners in the area to render assistance. A 65-foot commercial tour boat rescued two of the five ejected boaters from the water, the Islip Harbor Police Department rescued two other boaters, and the fifth person was able to climb back into one of the damaged boats. The other three boaters remained in their boats following the collision. All eight people were taken to the Bay Shore Marina where awaiting EMS personnel took them to the SouthsideHospital in Bay Shore. Both boats involved in the collision sustained severe damage, although there are no reports of oil or fuel pollution in the water. Suffolk County Marine Police Department took both badly damaged boats in tow to the Bay Shore Marina. A Coast Guard Station Fire Island rescue crew remained on scene to ensure that the waterway was safe for other mariners. It was not known whether any of five of the boaters ejected into the water were wearing life jackets. The sea state at the time of the incident was reported as 2-foot seas with up to eight miles of nighttime visibility and 10-knot winds. The Nassau County Police Department was conducting an investigation. (Aug. 12)

Three aboard sinking sailboat

Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

The Coast Guard rescued three people today after a 42-foot sailboat ran aground a half-mile off the coast of Assateague Island, Md. The Coast Guard received a radio call from one of the men, who reported his sailboat had ran aground on a sandbar and was taking on water. A helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Atlantic City arrived on scene and hoisted the three survivors. The Coast Guard helicopter crew transported all three individuals to Ocean City Municipal Airport, Md. (July 28)

Collision, taking on water

Station New London, Conn.

Four people were injured when their boat struck a submerged object and began taking on water four miles northeast of Orient Point, Long Island. All people aboard the 33-foot pleasure boat reportedly suffered minor injuries. The operator of the boat reported the object he struck was not visible from the surface. Station New London received the distress call over marine band radio and immediately launched a 41-foot rescue boat crew. The rescue boat crew arrived on scene and transported three injured passengers to local emergency services in New London, Conn. The owner of the boat requested to stay with his vessel. Sea Tow was on scene dewatering the boat when the Coast Guard arrived. The sea state was calm and all people aboard the pleasure boat had been wearing life jackets. (Aug. 4)