Two Vessels Collide Southeast of Moriches Inlet

NEW YORK–Two vessels collided one and a half miles southeast of Moriches Inlet at 3:25 p.m. today.

The 43-foot commercial fishing vessel Elizabeth J was engaged in fishing when the collision occurred with the 27-foot recreational sailing vessel Fairweather. There were no reported injuries, breached hulls or pollution in the water. The mast of the sailing vessel broke in half when the vessels collided and its sails fell into the water.

Rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station East Moriches and Suffolk County Police Department Marine Unit immediately responded to the scene. The Coast Guard rescue crews administered alcohol tests to the crew of the fishing vessel and the operator of the sailing vessel; the initial testing indicates alcohol was not a factor. A Suffolk County Air Unit also responded and conducted an over flight of the area.

“A Coast Guard marine investigator from Marine Safety Detachment Coram will meet the Elizabeth J in Shinnecock Inlet at about 8 p.m. for further investigation,” said Lt. j.g. Rudy Gazvoda, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command duty officer. “Once the Fairweather been determined seaworthy, she will begin her transit towards her homeport of Brooklyn, NY.”

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was one to two-foot seas with no wind.

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