Coast Guard Rescues Two Near Fire Island

NEW YORK–Two people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after their vessel became disabled 16 miles south of Fire Island, N.Y., around 7:08 p.m. today.

The occupants of the vessel On Trial, homeported in West Islip, N.Y., activated their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) after their vessel’s engines quit working. The crew of the disabled vessel fired flares and was seen waving their arms by a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon from Air Station Cape Cod.

“The Coast Guard credits the successful search for the vessel to the boat’s crew for bringing appropriate emergency equipment during their trip,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Dan Durso, a Sector Long Island Sound search and rescue controller working the case. “As a reminder, anyone heading out onto the water should ensure their equipment is in good working order and their EPIRBs are properly registered.”

A Coast Guard 41-foot rescue boat crew from Station Fire Island was also launched and will tow the vessel to Fire Island Inlet. Sea Tow will take the vessel to its berth at West Islip.

Weather on scene was reported at five mile per hour winds and two to three foot seas.

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