High Seas Rescue

New York – A Coast Guard rescue crew has a sailing vessel with two people onboard in safe tow near Fire Island following a daring rescue in 10-foot seas and 25-knot winds today.

The 47-foot motor lifeboat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Fire Island, a rescue helicopter crew from Cape Cod, and Suffolk County Police boat and helicopter crews responded immediately following relayed MAYDAY calls around from a barge operator stating that a sailing vessel was in distress near Fire Island.

An initial search of the area by the helicopter rescue crew did not locate the vessel in distress. A third distress call was received by Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound and using the area where the barge range ring and the Fire Island hi-sight intersected as a commence search point, the helicopter located the distressed sailing vessel OUTRAGEOUS in the vicinity of Fire Island.

A Coast Guard rescue swimmer was lowered from the helicopter onto the sailing vessel to check on the condition of the people on board and confirm they placed the distress call. One of the people onboard sustained an arm injury caused possibly by a heavy roll in the 10-foot seas.

A Coast Guardsman from the Fire Island 47-foot rescue boat is onboard the OUTRAGEOUS to assist with the tow and monitor the condition of the crew.

The OUTRAGEOUS sustained some damage but is in safe sea worthy condition and is being towed to Coast Guard station Fire Island.

Even though air temperatures are on the rise water temperatures will remain cold into the summer. Colder water temperatures mean a greater risk for hypothermia when exposed to the water.

The Coast Guard strongly urges all boaters to have an EPIRB on board their vessel to aid in
locating vessels in distress.

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