Coast Guard Rescues Three Near Stamford, Connecticut

NEW YORK – Three men were rescued after their vessel sank near Stamford, Conn., at around 11 p.m. Sept. 8, 2008.

All three men were wearing lifejackets and had been in the water for approximately 45 minutes before they were rescued.

“The three men were located within five minutes of receiving the call,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Crawford, a Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck rescue boat crewman who responded to the scene. “At first we couldn’t see where the men were, but then I happened to notice a light on the water. Following the light, we found two of the men and heard a third man yelling, ‘I’m over here’ repeatedly.”

The rescue boat crew transported the three men to waiting Emergency Medical Service personnel at the Brewer’s Yacht Club in Stamford, Conn.

A rescue boat crew from the Stamford Marine Police Department also responded to the scene.

Weather on scene was reported as 15 mile-per-hour winds and one-to-two foot seas at the time of the rescue.

The Coast Guard strongly urges all mariners to carry proper safety equipment, such as signaling devices, and maintain situational awareness while underway.

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