Coast Guard transports three to shore near Shinnecock, N.Y.

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – The Coast Guard transported three people to shore after they abandoned ship 12 miles south of Shinnecock, Long Island, N.Y., Sunday.

The Coast Guard command center in New Haven, Conn., was notified by the operator of the fishing vessel Vincenzo, reporting flooding aboard. Shortly after, he radioed the Coast Guard again stating that he and the other crewmembers had donned survival suits and were abandoning ship into a life raft, taking their electronic position indicating radio beacon with them.

The fishing vessel Rhonda & Denise, a good Samaritan vessel in the area, responded to the Coast Guard’s urgent marine information broadcast and rescued the crew from the life raft. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock transferred the crew aboard their rescue boat and transported them safely to the station for a de-briefing.

There were no reports of any injuries.

“The captain was well prepared,” said Petty Officer Anthony Kozak, an operations specialist with the command center in New Haven. “He notified us before abandoning ship and gave his last position. He was calm entire time, right up to the point where he was stepping out of the cabin to board the life raft.”

The Coast Guard encourages all mariners, commercial and recreational to be prepared for sudden emergencies at sea. Always have the proper safety equipment aboard, and ensure that all radios and signaling devices are properly tested and maintained.

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