Three Rescued South of Verrazano Bridge

NEW YORK – Three men were recovered from the water after abandoning their 31-foot recreational vessel once it started taking on water south of the Verrazano bridge in Chapel Hill channel around 11:25 a.m. today.

Gary DuBois, 51, Jeremy Strang, 35, and Thaddus Strang, 32, were recovered from the channel.

Two of the men were recovered by a crew onboard the Army Corps of Engineeers vessel Mortiz. A good samaritan from a recreational vessel recovered the third and transferred him to a New Jersey State Police vessel. The rescued men were transported to Emergency Medical Service personnel who were waiting at Sandy Hook, N.J. All three victims declined medical assistance.

The men were not wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.

Two Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook rescue boat crews were launched to assist and remained on scene for the duration of the incident.

The Coast Guard strongly urges the public to wear life jackets any time while out on the water.

“Wearing life jackets greatly increases your chances for survival while out on the water,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Wayne Stark, the 47-foot motor lifeboat coxswain who responded to the incident. “Being prepared for emergencies while out on the water and carrying survival gear is the best way to ensure your safety.”

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