Coast Guard rescues distressed boater who sailed from Greenport

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11/30/2011 3:37 PM |

A boater traveling out of Greenport Wednesday morning was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after reporting his boat was sinking, according to a Connecticut-based news report published by CT Post.

The 50-year-old unidentified distressed mariner used his cellphone to report he was having chest pains and that he feared his 24-foot sailboat was taking on water, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Coast Guard officials said the sailing vessel’s electrical system was not operating properly, the radio was inoperable and the bilge pumps were not functioning. Weather conditions this morning on the Long Island Sound were reported as having poor visibility, including 4- to 6-foot waves with wind at 15 to 30 knots, officials said.

The boater was attempting to travel from Greenport to another destination on Long Island, CT Post reported. He was spotted two nautical miles south of the buoy center in New Haven, Conn., a Coast Guard spokesperson said.

The Coast Guard transferred the man to Branford, Conn. for medical treatment and he is in stable condition, officials said. No other information was immediately available.

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