Monday Morning Rescue

Coast Guard rescues 3 from disabled vessel in Long Island Sound

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Fontaine.

Three people on an 8-foot inflatable boat were rescued by the Coast Guard five miles east of New Haven Harbor this morning at approximately 7:30 a.m.

The Coast guard received a call from Suffolk County Police Department, after Alba Serrano called in to report her husband, son and nephew had left Rocky Point Sunday at 2 p.m., and were due back at 10 p.m., and had not yet returned.

The Coast Guard immediately launched a 45-foot rescue boat crew from Station New Haven, Conn., a 45-foot rescue boat from Station Eaton’s Neck, N.Y., and a HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. Suffolk County also launched an air and boat search crew to assist in the search.

The Jayhawk rescue crew located the three boaters and safely hoisted them aboard the aircraft. The boaters were taken to Tweed New Haven Airport where EMS was awaiting to transfer them to Yale New Haven Hospital.

The three family members’ condition is unknown at this time, and no other details of the incident have yet been released. However, the Coast Guard released information about this rescue along with some stern warnings and reminders to boaters.

“The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters, in addition to having the proper life saving equipment aboard, to check the weather before heading out to sea,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy J. Halverson, watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center, New Haven, Conn. “What can start out as a nice day on the water, can end up being a life or death situation with fast moving inclement summer weather.”

Safety measures that can save your life are:

  • Have your vessel inspected by the Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron.
  • File a float plan with someone who knows when you are leaving and when you plan to be back.
  • Make sure you have working sound-producing devices in the event of an emergency in low visibility.
  • Ensure flares are up to date and in good working order.

For a comprehensive list of boating safety checklists and instructional information, please visit: http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/default.aspx