Man Recovered from Water Southeast of Staten Island

NEW YORK-The Coast Guard Cutter Line crew rescued a man they found adrift about 400 yards southeast of South Beach near Staten Island, N.Y., at 8:30 a.m. today.

The cutter Line, a 65-foot harbor tug homeported in Bayonne was conducting a routine homeland security patrol when it came across Lewis Luna, 27, who had been treading water for roughly 40 minutes.

The cutter Line crew brought the Miami native, who was not wearing a life jacket, on board the ship and wrapped him in blankets.

Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Wells and Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Thomas administered basic first aid and checked the man for external injuries as the cutter transported him to Marine Ocean Terminal Bayonne, (MOTBY).

They arrived at MOTBY at 9:15 a.m. where local EMS and Bayonne Police Department officers were waiting and transported him to a local hospital.

“We don’t know why he was out there by himself treading water, were just glad we got to him before he became exhausted or started experiencing severe hypothermia,” said Lt. j.g. Richard Sullivan, Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters and swimmers to wear life jackets while on the water. Eight out of 10 people involved in boating and swimming fatalities that occurred in 2005 were not wearing life jackets. Life jackets save lives.

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