Coast Guard Assists Man Injured by Sailboat Boom

NEW YORK–A man was treated for minor head injuries after the boom on his 40-foot sailing vessel struck him in the head while underway near Mt. Sinai east of Port Jefferson at 12 p.m. today.

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 on scene two crewmembers with EMT experience, Petty Officers George Damanis and Justin Rivera were able to control the victims minor bleeding.

The rescue crew took the injured man aboard the Coast Guard vessel and towed the sailboat to its mooring and 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 2-4 feet, with winds of 15-20 knots.

“Mariners should take extra precautions and keep a watchful eye in inclement weather,” said Cmdr. Kevin Burke, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound search and rescue mission coordinator, “and if possible seek a safe haven or refuge.”

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