Coast Guard rescues surfer in distress near Fire Island, New York

NEW YORK - A Coast Guard crew rescued a kite surfer one mile southwest of Democrat Point Fire Island, New York, Sept. 3, 2016. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fire Island was launched to the scene to search for the kite surfer. The crew located the surfer and rescued him from the water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dan Wishnoff.)

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard crew rescued a kite surfer one mile southwest of Democrat Point Fire Island, New York, Sept. 3, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dan Wishnoff.)

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard crew rescued a kite surfer Saturday, one-mile southwest of Democrat Point Fire Island, New York.

Coast Guard Station Fire Island received a report of a kite surfer that was in distress and being pushed off shore near Democrat Point.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat Crew was launched to search for the kite surfer. The crew located the surfer and rescued him from the water.

A certified Emergency Medical Technician evaluated the surfer and reported he did not have any injuries.

“Cases like this really highlight just how dangerous it is out on the water right now,” said Capt. Andrew Tucci, commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “With the impending storm promising to make things even worse we strongly urge all boaters not to go out, especially paddle boats and other small craft.”

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