Man medevaced from grounded vessel in Fire Island Inlet

NEW YORK – A Coast Guard crew medically evacuated a man from a pleasure craft after the vessel ran aground on a sandbar in Fire Island Inlet around 2:40 a.m. today.

The man sustained serious injuries to his face after his vessel, Sea Nine, a 19-foot pleasure craft, hit the sandbar. Two other boaters who were onboard were uninjured.

A 25-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fire Island took the man to awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel, who transported him to a local hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

“That area of the inlet is full of sandbars,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Kozak, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound’s duty watchstander. “They hit one of those sandbars so hard they actually ended up on the beach. It’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and transit slowly at night when visibility is limited.”

The vessel was recovered by the commercial salvaging company SeaTow and made its way to a nearby marina under its own power.

Weather on scene was reported to be two-foot seas and five to 10 mile-per-hour winds.

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