Coast Guard boat crew helps rescue three in Long Island Sound

Coast Guard District 1 NewsNEW YORK – A Coast Guard boat crew helped rescue three people who were stranded on rocks near Pine Island, located near New Rochelle, N.Y., in Long Island Sound today.

Three fisherman walked out to a rocky area off Pine Island at low tide. They found themselves stranded when the tide returned and called 911.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and deployed a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Kings Point.

A helicopter crew from Westchester County, N.Y., Police and a marine unit from Greenwich, Conn., also responded. The Coast Guard boat crew arrived on scene, brought one person safely aboard their vessel and then transferred the victim to shore where waiting emergency medical specialists provided treatment for mild hypothermia.

The remaining two people, who were on a different part of the rocks where the rescue boat could not go, were hoisted to safety by a Westchester County Police helicopter crew and also treated for mild hypothermia.

“Most people aren’t familiar with the nature of tides,” said Chief Petty Officer Rodger Krass, an operations specialist at the Coast Guard Sector New York Command Center. “They can change pretty quick. When in doubt, you shouldn’t go out.”

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