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Sep 16, 2012 12:09 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Coast Guard Rescues 11 People In Separate Incidents Saturday

Sep 19, 2012 10:18 AM

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Shinnecock rescued 11 people in two separate incidents on Saturday that involved a capsized sailboat and a boat that was taking on water.

The Coast Guard received the first call at 9 a.m. from a sinking boat carrying five people about half a mile off the beach in Peconic Bay. The Coast Guard crews helped the passengers off the 24-foot boat and a commercial salvage boat operator towed the boat in to a marina in Bullhead Bay.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Fusco said the vessel was taking on water due to sea conditions and water had washed over the stern and overtaken the boat.

The boat did have safety equipment and no one was injured.

A second call came in around 6 p.m. that a 19-foot sailboat carrying six people, including two young children, had taken on water and capsized a half-mile south of the north side of Shinnecock Bay, according to the Coast Guard.

A good samaritan, whom Mr. Fusco could not identify, pulled the two children and two adults from the water, and the Coast Guard crews rescued the remaining two adults from the water. All six were transported to Station Shinnecock where they were checked out by emergency medical technicians.

“Today’s two cases could’ve ended a lot worse if it weren’t for the swift response from the Coast Guard crews, the commercial salvage company and the good samaritan,” Mr. Fusco said in a prepared statement from the Coast Guard. “It’s important for mariners to make sure their vessel is seaworthy and outfitted with the required safety equipment prior to getting under way. Although incidents like today’s are rare, its important to know what to do in the event of an emergency before it happens.”

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More amazing work from USCG Station Shinnecock. Well done!

While the details of these two incidents remain to be seen, having six people on a 19-foot sailboat late in the afternoon on a fall weekend, when the water temperatures have started to drop, is of concern IMO. The statement from Petty Officer Fusco may be suggesting that the "required safety equipment" was not all there? TBD.

Were the six people all wearing PFD's? Did this sailing vessel have the means to signal an emergency ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 16, 12 1:10 PM
I disagree with what Jimbo has to say - BUT PBR you do have a tendency to dig deeper than is often needed.

Water Temperatures (especially within the bay) are about as warm as they get all year (August tends to be the warmest, but early-mid september is close by with temps in the mid 70's).

It's not "of concern" that there were 6 people in a sail boat on a "fall weekend" (it's still summer), IMO especially with 2 of them being children. A 19' sailboat has the room for this many ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 16, 12 3:01 PM
Dig we must, especially when the safety of children may have been compromised by a lack of adult preparation. PFD etc. details TBD.

Nor I do not share your view that the Press "won't" answer the questions posed. Of note, Ms. Reynolds's recent article, on the July 9th hit-and-run death of Sister Walsh in Water Mill, ended months of silence by the authorities on the investigation, which is still unsolved BTW. Oh ye of little faith.

Lastly, just as Ad Hominem attacks diminish conversations, ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 16, 12 3:31 PM
We all have our M.O.'s PBR - yours is just a little more obvious than others. I was unaware that my post was a lecture - and for the record this pot is made of stainless steel
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 16, 12 5:18 PM
C'mon PBR. You did base your argument on falling temps and the water is warmer than usual.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Sep 16, 12 4:37 PM
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To PBR - positive comments only please
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 17, 12 10:10 AM
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Hurricane Nadine in the mid-Atlantic was sending a building swell starting Sat. morning. Every surfer on the east coast was aware of this. How could a sail boat operator with 2 small children on board not be aware?
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Sep 18, 12 7:58 AM
The sailboat was INSIDE the bay
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 18, 12 9:05 AM
First vessel was inside the bay.
Second vessel was outside the inlet trying to make it in
By aging hipster (201), Southampton on Sep 18, 12 12:16 PM
Article is severly lacking in details then. All it says is "near shinnecock" and has a picture of a capsized boat in what appears to be shinnecock bay.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Sep 18, 12 12:34 PM
Hopefully Ms. Moran will dig deeper and provide more details about the locations of the two vessels, and whether those rescued were wearing PFD's. The USCG press release provides only very similar details to the article. [no link here because of 27east policy]
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 18, 12 3:01 PM
Article was revised yesterday. 24-foot vessel was in Peconic Bay and did have safety equipment on board. 19-foot sailboat was in Shinnecock Bay, 1/2 mile south of the north shore. No indication of safety equipment on board, or PFD use by six occupants.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Sep 20, 12 10:12 AM