Friday’s high winds promised prime conditions for windsurfing in Peconic Bay, but the gusts proved too much for a 67-year-old man who after failing to return to the beach was rescued by police on the sandspit on the northern end of Robins Island and then treated by the Cutchogue Fire Department for exposure.
Police said the man, a Center Moriches resident whose name was not available, did not require hospitalization.
When the man did not return to the beach in New Suffolk friends called 911, but as sometimes occurs with cell phone service in that area, the call went to to the Southampton town police, said Southold Chief Martin Flatley. After locating the man, the police brought him back to New Suffolk, where he was treated by the fire department’s rescue squad.
“Anytime someone is in the water this time of year the fire departments checks them out for exposure,” Chief Flatley said. The man, who was wearing a full wetsuit, had no other health issues.
The chief said conditions on the water were “extremely rough” with winds out of the west at 30 miles per hour and gusts approaching 50. The man’s windsurfing board was not recovered.
The Suffolk County Police helicopter also assisted in the search.