Man and two dogs saved after being stranded on Captree Island

NEW YORK-A man and his two dogs were saved after they were separated by strong winds and a drifting boat near Fire Island, N.Y., at approximately 8 p.m., today.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call from a man reporting he was stranded on Captree Island while his boat, which held his two dogs, was drifting away from him at around 7 p.m..

Coast Guard Station Fire Island launched a rescue boat crew and Suffolk County Police Department sent a rescue helicopter and boat crew shortly after hearing the distress call.

“The man told us that he was attempting to launch his boat containing his two dogs and head back to land,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon Cinquegrana, a search and rescue watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “He said the weather caused the boat to slip away from him as he pushed off of the island. He reportedly swam after it, but due to strong winds and cold waters, he was unable to catch up.”

The rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island arrived on scene at 7:57 p.m. and brought the man to safety. At the same time, Station Fire Island sent rescue patrols out to Robert Moses Beach to search for the missing boat.

“We managed to find the boat only 15 minutes after we started combing the beach for it,” said Lt. j.g. John LaMorte, Command Duty Officer at Sector Long Island Sound. “When the patrol from Station Fire Island found it, they also found the two dogs still aboard and safely reunited them with their owner.”

The winds on scene were 32 to 38 mph.

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