4 Injured When Boat Strikes Submerged Object

NEW YORK — Four people were injured when their boat struck a submerged object and began taking on water four miles northeast of Orient Point, Long Island, N.Y. at 3:30 p.m. today.

All people aboard the 33-foot pleasure craft, Something Fishy, reportedly suffered minor injuries. The operator of the vessel, Lou Chrisatelli, 55, reported the object he struck was not visible from the surface.

Coast Guard Station New London received the distress call at 3:30 p.m. over marine band radio and immediately launched a 41-foot rescue boat crew. The rescue boat crew arrived on scene at 3:55 p.m. and transported three injured passengers to local emergency services in New London, Conn. The owner of the vessel requested to stay with his vessel.

“Sea tow was on scene dewatering the vessel when we arrived,” said Petty officer Sean Barnhill, who piloted the 41-foot Coast Guard rescue boat. “Sea Tow had an employee aboard the vessel who was assisting in the dewatering and the other employees were assisting in putting it [Something Fishy] in tow.”

The sea state was calm and all people aboard Something Fishy were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to maintain keen situational awareness and designate a look out when traveling through unknown and hazardous waters.

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