Coast Guard rescues five from water near Greenport, N.Y.

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock, N.Y., rescued five people from the water near Greenport, N.Y.

The crew was on a routine patrol at approximately 2:30 p.m. when they witnessed a 17-foot sailboat capsize with five people on board. The crew responded and assisted all of the passengers aboard the Coast Guard rescue boat and transported them safely to shore in Greenport. There were no reports of any injuries.

“It was over and done pretty quick,” said Pete Winters, a search and rescue controller for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, Conn. “The crew from Station Shinnecock got everyone safely aboard; fortunately they were all wearing their lifejackets.”

Boaters and paddlers should:

  • Always wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
  • Never boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Be aware of weather and water conditions.
  • File a float plan to let others know where you are going. An example of a float plan can be found at http://www.floatplancentral.org/
  • Have a VHF radio, since cell phone services are unreliable offshore.
  • Be cautious – do not exceed your ability to handle your vessel, and be constantly aware of other vessels.
  • Observe safety and security zones while on the water.

 

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