Coast Guard rescues 89-year-old mariner in Huntington Harbor, N.Y.

A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small

USCG File Photo

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck boatcrew rescued an 89-year-old man in Huntington Harbor on Long Island, New York, Monday evening.

At approximately­­­­­­ 6:45 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center received notification from Suffolk County dispatch reporting a possible person in the water yelling for help in Huntington Harbor. Simultaneously the Sector watchstanders received a call from Station Eatons Neck reporting a 29-foot Response Boat-Small (RBS) boatcrew rescued an 89-year-old male who had fallen into the water from his moored sailboat.

While conducting training in the area two boatcrews heard a call for help and quickly investigated. Upon arrival, the boatcrews spotted the man in the water clinging to a line, unable to pull himself back into his boat.

The crewmembers of the RBS were able to pull the man aboard and began to treat him for hypothermia. He had been in the water without a lifejacket for approximately 20 minutes.

The man was safely transported to Huntington Town Dock where Emergency Medical Services were waiting and then taken to Huntington Hospital for further medical care.

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