Two People Injured in Collision off Stepping Stones Lighthouse on Long Island

NEW YORK – Two people were injured in a boating collision on Long Island Sound, around 10:20 a.m., today.

A husband and wife were fishing from a dinghy east of Stepping Stones Lighthouse, when a 22-foot pleasure craft, The Abakua IV, approached at a high rate of speed. The husband and wife jumped from the vessel right before impact.

The Abakua IV had two people on board.

A Coast Guard vessel from Station Kings Point was on patrol in the area and arrived on scene in a matter of seconds.

“We were headed east when one of my crewmembers said ‘Look at that, that boat is going to hit another boat’,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Phillips, pilot of the 25-foot Coast Guard Station Kings Point rescue boat. “The collision took place about 1000-yards away from us. Seaman Stephen Fournier, my crewman shouted there were two people in the water with their heads above it.”

Phillips instructed The Abakua IV operator to anchor his vessel immediately and not leave the scene.

“We passed a line to the woman and to the man who was hanging onto the dinghy,” said Phillips. “We brought them to the station where we transferred them to EMS.”

The husband and wife were reported to be suffering from possible hypothermia and shock, the husband complained of a back injury. They were transferred to North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y.

The New York Police Department has taken over law enforcement aspects of the case and the New York Fire Department has towed the dinghy away.

No one was reported to be wearing life jackets.

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  1. Stephen Fournier says:

    Week and a half left on active duty…happy to see our crew made a difference.