Vessel Collision Near West Gilgo Beach, NY

 NEW YORK — Two vessels collided resulting in one man reporting back injuries in the Amityville Cut near the West Gilgo Beach, N.Y. in the Great South Bay at about 7:30 a.m. today.

Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound received a call from the Suffolk County 911 dispatcher that two vessels had collided and one person was injured. Rescue crews from Suffolk County Marine Police Department, Copiague Fire Marine Unit and Coast Guard Station Fire Island immediately responded to the scene.

After colliding, a man was thrown from his 22-foot Aquasport vessel into the marshy area of the cut. The other passenger waited in the vessel for first responders to arrive.

When they arrived on scene, the rescue crews put the injured man onto a backboard. The Copiague Fire Marine Unit brought him to an awaiting ambulance in Tanner Park of Copiague. He was then brought to the Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip, N.Y.

The person onboard the other 20-foot Bayliner vessel motored a short distance down the Amityville Cut to await first responders. He immediately called a 911 dispatcher.

There has been no report of damage to either vessel.

None of the three boaters were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard urges all boaters to be alert, and cautious of other vessel traffic while out on the water.

“It’s a lot like driving a car. Another vessel can come out of nowhere when you least expect it,” said Chief Warrant Officer Roger Guest, Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound duty watch officer. “And just like wearing a seat belt, you should always wear a life jacket.”

The cause of the vessel collision is unknown. Suffolk County Police Department is conducting an investigation on the incident.

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