Man Rescued South of Moriches Inlet

NEW YORK-A man was rescued after his boat capsized 300-yards southeast of Moriches Inlet at about 7 a.m. today.

The man reported that the breaking surf had swamped his boat and it then capsized.

The Coast Guard found the man sitting on top of his capsized vessel only ten minutes after he made a call to a friend for help. The vessel was stable enough for him to climb on top of it to wait for responders.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Moriches picked up and transferred the man to shore. He was wearing a life jacket.

“The boater made a smart decision by getting on top of his vessel. Colder water temperatures quickly sap body warmth, the result of which can be hypothermia,” said Mark Averill, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command duty officer. “If you find yourself in this situation, finding a way to get out of the water and wait for first responders is a smart idea.”

Weather on scene produced about 10 mph winds and occasional 3-4 -foot breaking surf.

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