NEWS: Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue one person near Port Jefferson, N.Y.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary crew members rescued a stranded mariner northeast of Port Jefferson, New York, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound watchstanders received a call at approximately 9:30 a.m. from an off-duty Coast Guard Auxiliary member, reporting that he had rescued a distressed mariner in a small inflatable dinghy.

The person in the dinghy reported he and a friend had been afloat for two days after departing from Milford, Connecticut on Sunday. On Monday, at approximately 2:00 p.m. one of the mariners entered the water and attempted to swim to Charles Island near Milford, Connecticut.  Sector Long Island Sound issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast requesting vessels in the area to be on the look out for a person in the water who was attempting to swim to Charles Island.  Sector Long Island Sound launched a Station New Haven 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) and two Aids to Navigation Team vessels from New London, Connecticut.

The Station New Haven RB-M arrived on scene at 9:50 a.m., and transferred the mariner from the off-duty auxiliary vessel to the Station’s RB-M. Sector Long Island notified Stratford Fire Department, Milford Police and Fire Departments who located the second individual near Silver Sands State Park during low tide. Both individuals were transferred by emergency medical services to the hospital for further evaluation and treatment. The Coast Guard is reminding mariners to always wear a personal flotation device, carry a hand held VHF radio and to review current and forecasted weather conditions. It is also important to stay mindful of prevailing and forecasted winds, tides and currents, and the potential impacts they have on returning safely to shore.
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  1. Andrew Tucci says:

    Well done by the Auxiliary! This is a great story of cooperation between Aux, the Active duty, and the local agencies.

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