Two Recovered from Overturned Car in New York Marina

New York–Two people were removed from an overturned vehicle after it was found completely submerged in the Bay Shore Marina at the end of Ocean Avenue in Bay Shore, N.Y., around 3:40 p.m. today.

The Suffolk County Police Department land, marine and dive units arrived on scene, and the divers removed an unresponsive female driver from the car. Another female passenger, also unresponsive, was removed by Suffolk County divers around 4 p.m. Both people were transported to a local hospital.

Coast Guard Station Fire Island received the call from the Suffolk County Police Department 911 unit at 3:30 p.m. and arrived on scene at 3:40 p.m. Rescue crews from the Suffolk County and Bay Shore Fire Departments, West Islip Fire and Rescue land and marine units and the Islip Hazmat team also responded to the scene.

The Suffolk County dive team conducted an underwater search in the area but found no evidence that other people were in the car at the time it entered the water.

The vehicle remains completely submerged, and gas has been reported leaking from its gas tank. Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Coram, N.Y., are en route to the scene to determine the extent of the pollution and the impact on the environment.

It is not known how the car entered the water, or if the passengers were wearing seatbelts.

“If the vehicle is not removed from the water tonight, we will be issuing a safety marine information broadcast to alert mariners of the obstruction,” said John Olsen, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound operations controller. “The Coast Guard advises all mariners to be alert while traveling in the vicinity of the Bay Shore Marina.”

The incident is under investigation.

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