Injured boaters rescued from New York City’s East River

USCG file photo

NEW YORK-The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced two people from a boat, which reportedly struck a submerged object at about 6:45 p.m., near the Throgs Neck Bridge, N.Y., May 3, 2011.

The Coast Guard received the initial radio distress call from the operator, stating their 57-foot pleasure craft was taking on water.

Coast Guard Sector New York search and rescue watchstanders contacted harbor units from the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department who responded and were on scene shortly after. Crewmembers from Towboat U.S. were also on scene shortly after the initial call and began to dewater the boat.

Sector New York watchstanders were notified by the first responders that two of the three people aboard suffered injuries upon impact.

Coast Guard Station Kings Point, N.Y., launched a 25-foot rescue boat crew, who arrived on scene shortly after 7 p.m. The rescue crew brought the two individuals to City Island where they were transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

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