Tri-state area Coast Guard units provide safety, security on water though summer weekend

1st Coast Guard District News
NEW YORK – Coast Guard members of Sector New York and Long Island Sound units working with local authorities, perform a medical evacuation, assist boaters in distress and locate a missing person, as part of another busy weekend of standing watch over the local tri-state area waterways, Saturday and Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound units responded to seven search and rescue cases and one pollution case, resulting in nine lives saved; Coast Guard Sector New York responded to three search and rescue cases, two law enforcement cases and two pollution incidents, resulting in two lives saved.

Just before 11 a.m. Saturday, Sector Long Island Sound Command Center watchstanders received notification that a 48 year-old-woman was suffering from chest pains aboard the sailing vessel Valkyrie approximately 1 mile north of Eaton’s Neck Point, N.Y. Within minutes of the initial call Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck rescue boats diverted from training mission and arrived on scene to medically evacuate the woman. The ambulatory patient was transported to Station Eaton’s Neck and handed over to waiting emergency medical services.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, Sector Long Island Sound Command Center watchstanders received a distress call from the operator of a 16-foot pleasure craft with three people aboard in the vicinity of Lido Beach, N.Y. The operator reported the vessel disabled and adrift near the breakers. A rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck was immediately launched, but a Hempstead Marine Police unit arrived on scene first and took the vessel in tow. The station rescue boat arrived on scene shortly after and relieved the Hempstead marine unit. The Coast Guard rescue boat crew towed the vessel to the nearest safe haven, Station Jones Beach for a post search and rescue boarding.

At 3:32 a.m. Sunday, Sector Long Island Sound Command Center watchstanders received a distress call from the operator of a 31-foot pleasure craft with three people aboard. The operator reported the vessel was taking on water 1 mile north of Sunken Meadow Beach, in Smithtown Bay, N.Y. Two rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck immediately launched and located the vessel in thick fog. With flooding under control, the rescue boats crews towed the vessel to Port Jefferson, N.Y., to conduct a post search and rescue boarding.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sector New York Command Center watchstanders received a distress call from the operator of a 35-foot sailing vessel with two people aboard. The operator reported the vessel taking on water approximately 6 miles off Long Branch, N.J. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook was launched, but a crew from Coast Guard Station Manasquan, N.J., arrived on scene first. The Manasquan crew remained on scene until the Sandy Hook crew arrived to tow the vessel safely to Station Sandy Hook.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders overheard a request for assistance to search for an overdue jet skier. The missing man, age 37, of New Jersey, was last seen by two of his friends leaving Long Beach earlier Sunday afternoon. The man was supposed to meet his friends back at Stony Brook Harbor immediately after departing Long Beach, a two mile trip that typically takes only a few minutes. When the man did not arrive at Stony Brook as scheduled, his friends notified the authorities.

A 25-foot rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Eaton’s Neck and a rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., were launched to search for the missing man. Partner agencies, Suffolk County marine and aviation units and the Smithtown Bay Constable also responded. At 10:41 p.m., the man was located north of Belle Terre, N.Y., by a Suffolk Marine unit, out of gas, and adrift but safe. The Suffolk unit towed the Jet Ski to Port Jefferson Harbor.

“We were grateful to work alongside our partner agencies in the Sound and alongside the south shore of Long Island this weekend,” said Ensign Tiffany Vegter, a Sector Long Island Sound Command Center watchstander. “The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to always wear their life jackets and to constantly review the marine weather forecast as they are on the water.”

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