ew York – A crew from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock, N.Y., assisted in the rescue of two people in Shinnecock Bay after they were unable to get back to shore due to fog.
Coast Guard watchstanders received a call from South Hampton Police Department at 12:30 p.m., reporting that the Fire Chief was on the beach and heard people calling for help in the water. Coast Guard Station Shinnecock immediately launched a 25-foot rescue boat crew to assist.
The Coast Guard crew arrived on scene at about 12:45 p.m., Coast Guard Seaman Joshua Smarzo and Petty Officer 2nd Class David Lopuszanski pulled one person out of the water and immediately treated him for hypothermia and shock. South Hampton Fire Department pulled the other person out of the water and he was also treated for hypothermia. The crews safely transferred both men to Emergency Services where they were reported to be in stable condition.
The two men were reported to have been duck hunting and while wading in the water, lost direction after the tide came in and the fog caused less than a 100-yard visibility.
The water temperature at the time was 47 degrees.
“The quick response of the rescue crews saved these two men’s lives, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Fusco, a member at Coast Guard Station Shinnecock. “It’s important to be aware of weather and water temperature while conducting any water activities, and always take the necessary safety precautions.”