Coast Guard rescues man from waters near Port Washington, N.Y.

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – Coast Guard and local rescue agencies saved a 56-year-old man who fell overboard from a sailboat in Manhasset Bay, N.Y. Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector New York received the distress call at 8:22 p.m., on VHF marine channel 16, stating that the man was reportedly hit in the head when a sudden shift in the wind caused the sailboat boom to knock the man overboard.

Boat crews from the Hempstead Town Bay Constables and Coast Guard Station Kings Point, N.Y., launched. Within mintues of the initial call, the crews were on scene pulling the man safely out of the water. A Coast Guard EMT assessed his condition. He wasn’t breathing and had a weak pulse, so the EMT and a HTBC crewmember began conducting CPR on the man as they transited to Manhasset Town, N.Y., Dock

“Our agencies’ quick response helped to save this man’s life,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class John Lowell, who was in charge of the Coast Guard boat crew. “We arrived on scene and quickly worked together to recover the people from the water. A member from the Bay Constables assisted our crew in conducting CPR while we transited to the pier.”

Emergency medical specialists from Port Washington, N.Y., Fire Department met them at the pier to continue CPR and transport the man to North Shore University Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

The man was not wearing a lifejacket.

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