Coast Guard Station Moriches, Suffolk County Police rescue four from water

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound LogoNEW YORK – Four people were rescued from the water by a Coast Guard response crew near Moriches, N.Y., Friday.

Suffolk County, N.Y., Dispatch reported a 21-foot boat taking on water with four people aboard approximately 1/2 mile east of Moriches Inlet, oceanside, just after 6:00 p.m. The people aboard the boat, which was taking on water from an unknown source, were bailing their vessel with buckets when they were swamped by a wave, and capsized. A Coast Guard Station Moriches boat crew arrived on scene to find all four people atop the boat, and took them aboard the Coast Guard boat.

“They did the right thing,” said Mark Averill, a search and rescue specialist with Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “They were their wearing life jackets and they stayed with the boat.”

The rescued people were evaluated by emergency medical personnel upon reaching the dock at Station Moriches and were further transported to South County Medical Center.

A Suffolk County Police marine unit stayed with the capsized vessel until it could be recovered by TowBoatUS.

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