Standing on the rocks at Orient Point Friday, Hassan Hamza spotted a young boy in distress.
Mr. Hamza, a volunteer firefighter in West Babylon, has nearly 30 years’ experience diving around Orient Point and understood the challenge he faced when he began swimming toward the boy, who had been caught in a current and was being pulled out into the sea.
Three people were rescued off Orient Point in the Long Island Sound after they got caught in a current Friday afternoon, according to a Southold Town police press release.
As the popularity of paddle craft — such as kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards — increases across the country, so have related marine incidents. READ
UPDATE: The man who was pulled from Long Island Sound Wednesday was pronounced dead at Peconic Bay Medical Center, Southold Town police said. The drowning victim was identified Thursday as Ellis Roudette, 84, of the Bronx. READ
A kayaker who fell into Long Island Sound off Cutchogue was safely pulled to shore by members of the Southold Fire Department Friday afternoon after a woman spotted the man in distress from her home and dialed 911. READ
This is reportedly the raft two Greenport men were in when they went missing in Long Island Sound late Wednesday. (Credit: NBCConnecticut.com)
Update (5 p.m. Thursday) A Connecticut police sergeant said investigators are still baffled as to why a missing Greenport rafter ran off in only his shorts after coming ashore in Connecticut early Thursday.
“I’ve been a cop 30 years and I’ve never seen this,” said Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn. “This is a new one for me.” (more…)
FILE PHOTO | Two boaters were pulled to safety Sunday off Orient.
Two Connecticut boaters had to evacuate a sinking vessel in Gardiners Bay near Orient Sunday before they were located and towed to safety, Southold Town police said.
The boat was carrying two people — identified by police as James Moran, 56, and Doreen Marino, 52, both of Meriden — and began taking on water off Long Beach Point just before 3 p.m., forcing the two to evacuate into a dinghy.
Southold Bay Constables responded to the distressed vessel and pulled the man and woman aboard their boat, while a Sea Tow boat captain worked to keep the boat afloat.
The boaters were brought ashore and escorted to Cross Sound Ferry for a return trip home, police said.
No injuries were reported.